For many of us, life during the day is largely spent in a chair at a desk. The sedentary nature of our jobs can lead to negative effects on our bodies; many of us develop poor posture and back and neck pain as a result of long hours spent at a desk.
Enter your lunch break. Most of us get one of these. Some of us only get 15 minutes, while others of us may have the luxury of an hour. Regardless of the specific duration, you can incorporate exercise into your midday break. Here’s how:
Make the Time!
- Bring your lunch to work. If your lunch is already in your work space, you don’t have to travel anywhere to obtain food, freeing up more time for exercise.
- If you have a short lunch break, consider eating your lunch slowly over time while you work and reserve your break time for exercise.
Bring on the Exercise!
- Keep a good pair of athletic shoes at work. Don’t rely on yourself to remember to bring them each day. Your morning routine is likely busy enough. Instead, simply keep a pair of sneakers at your office so they are always there when you need them.
- If you are fortunate enough to have your own office, you have privacy, and many more options for exercise. Consider keeping a set of dumbbells in your office and complete 3 rounds of 10 reps of bicep curls or tricep kickbacks.
- Wall squats are another easy way to get some exercise into your work day. Simply find a wall, place your back against it, and slide down into a squat position, keeping your back firmly pressed to the wall. Hold the pose for 30 seconds.
- A lot of offices have stairs. Spend 10 minutes of your day walking up and down stairs. Challenge yourself and work up to increasing your speed as you climb over time.
With a little creativity, you can easily find ways to enjoy your lunch AND get a little exercise in your day too!