Taking out thirty minutes from you busy office schedule to work out could be a great way to stay fit. An active lunchtime can range from the sweaty to the serene, experts say, from a full-out cardio blast to a walk in the park.
“People can do simple things like go for a walk,” suggests Dr. Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise, adding that for an intense workout on a rainy day, “find a quiet stairwell and perform a series of lunges, dips, push-ups, alternating quick and slow climbs, or take the stairs two at a time.”
On how intense one’s midday workout should be, Bryant says: “Sweating is a huge obstacle for most people. But just sitting at the computer compromises posture and has health consequences.”As author of Walking
Deck: 50 Ways to Walk Yourself Healthy, Florida-based fitness expert Shirley Archer helps workers organise lunchtime walking groups. “Simply walk 12-15 minutes and then turn around and re-trace your steps,” she recommends, adding: “Elasticised exercise bands or tubing can add toning moves to a walk. Intervals, circuits and hills would also add variety.
Keep a water bottle and pair of walking shoes in your desk at all times. Do not take them home.”
According to California-based trainer Amy Dixon, a 30-minute treadmill run is a popular option for people with a gym membership. “You have to prepare for a quick and dirty workout in the middle of the day,” says Dixon, creator of the Give Me 10 and Breathless Body fitness DVDs.
“Women who intend to workout should also remember to keep with them cool towels, a change of clothes, and something to keep their hair off of the face while exercising,” adds Dixon. She suggests that people who prefer not to go for a walk or run and sweat, should consider flexibility exercises instead.
“Use the midday time to do stretches and rotations or do core work that’s not as intense as your cardio workout,” she says.
Lunchtime workout also means eating right. “Odds are you’ll probably be eating better because you won’t be going out to lunch,” says Bryant.