Post # 1
I’ve just discovered that using my lunch break to go for a run, and then eating lunch at my desk, is a great way to ensure I get enough exercise each day! I’m really happy to have found a method of getting in exercise since it’s been hard for me to figure that out.
I’m into my second week of really working on my diet and getting at least an hour of exercise in a day, and since my job at the moment involves a lot of desk-sitting, I’ve figured out that the best way for me to get in enough exercise (and thus not have to feel like I’m starving myself with the calorie limit without any exercise on MFP) is to go for a 30 minute run on my lunch break and then eat lunch while I work. Then when I get home I do a 30-min workout, or garden or mow the lawn or something. I really like this routine since it breaks up the day, energises me for the 2nd part of the workday, and then the workout when I get home cheers me up after my grumpy commute home!
Who else does this? What’s your method for fitting in exercise around a busy lifestyle? 🙂
Post # 3
I did do this on occasion in graduate school, and I think it’s a great way to break up your day! I would love to continue it, but I am starting a new job soon that I don’t think it would be possible, because I won’t be able to take real breaks like that and need to be available to troubleshoot pretty much all the time.
Post # 4
I go for a walk on my lunch break everyday at a park near by. Even if its snowing/raining. If I dont I just feel off. I also work a desk job and sit all day, so its nice to get out and get some fresh air and move around.
I would love to go for a run but I would be all sweaty and gross when I got back to work, do you shower afterwards?
Post # 5
I’ve wondered how y’all do it? Where do you change/shower? Does work provide locker room type places? I live in TX where if I go for a short walk I sweat, let alone run. Working out during lunch sounds great but I would come back all sorts of smelly, and there’s no where to rinse off or change in my office bldg.
Post # 6
@Kjeff760: No, I don’t shower afterwards– I work for a department that has a lot of people coming and going from being in the field (out in the woods) often, so getting sweaty from being outdoors is no big deal and I don’t mind it– it evaporates in the dry air conditioning! I am, however, really wishing right now that I had thought to being a change of clothes today since it is super hot and disgustingly humid today and my clothes are kind of gross now. :/
@littlemisst08: That sucks– seriously, there’s not even a bathroom stall where you could change? That’s what I’d do. I just make sure I have deodorant that works and deal with being kind of sweaty. I explained some of it above. 😉 I am wishing for a change of clothes right now– didn’t think to bring any today.
Post # 7
I used to run on my lunch breaks. I would change out of my scrubs into running clothes, run, come back, “wash up” with a baby wipe, reapply deodorant, and put my scrubs back on. Sure, I wasn’t quite as fresh & clean as I would have liked, but I was marathon training and really just needed to put the miles on my legs. (ETA- I changed in the bathroom)
I think taking a walk or maybe even squeezing in a 30 min DVD is a great way to break up monotony and stay active!
Post # 8
@Creiddylad: I wouldn’t want to come back to work all sweaty, and I also wouldn’t want to lug shower stuff and a change of clothes to the office (I already carry enough!). I just work out when I get home in our home gym.
Post # 9
@Creiddylad: Yes, we have bathroom stalls, forgot about that. I think it’s the lack of shower that my mind is hung up on.
Post # 10
I use the bathroom sink. Wipe my forhead, chest, neck and upperback with damp papertowels. I wash my pits, and reapply the deoderant and I’m good to go.
It’s not optimal- but it’s either DON’t work out and sit pretty or get some excersice and “shower” in the sink.
Post # 11
@vmec: That’s what I would do too, if the bathroom was more private. But it has several stalls and there is almost always someone in there and I don’t feel like having the nicely dressed ladies who work here see me cleaning up from working out. o_O If I was really disgusting, I’d figure something out, though!
Post # 12
@Creiddylad: Is your lunch break 1 hour or 30 minutes? We get a 30 minute lunch break and if I ran I’d be super sweaty and smelly (no showers here) and I’m in an office setting where I wear dress clothes.
BUT when I’m really into it I walk the stairs during lunch and eat at my desk before or after.
Typically I work out after work, but doing it during lunch is so much more relaxing and energizing! And it’s more routine. I get sweaty enough from doing the stairs that I don’t think I’d want to do any more than that in this heat or my cubicle mates might boot me out! If I had an hour for lunch I would at least try to work out for 45 minutes and use the other 15 minutes changing/washing up.
I love my job but I hate sitting at a desk all day :-/
However I also try to get up and go for a 10 minute walk around the office. If smokers can take a break for THAT I can take a break for something healthy J
Post # 13
@vmec: My grandmother calls “showering in the sink” a whore bath haha! But I’d still do it!
Post # 14
@Creiddylad: I *love* to run at lunch. 🙂 we have a small gym where I work so we can shower and change as well – its really nice to have this available.
I also liek to work out super early int he morning. I get up at 4:30 and go to the gym to work out between 5-6:15 – shower and get to work by 7. I like feeling like my whole day has started out on the right foot because of this. I am also less likely to sleep in – take too long getting ready – get distracted and end up folding laundry, etc.
Post # 15
I workout during lunch a couple of times a week. I agree, it’s great to break up the day. We have a gym next door to my work that gives us a discounted membership. I get an hour for lunch so I usually just work out for a half hour then shower a change in the locker room. I usually just do cardio but sometimes I pop in for part of a weights class (called Bodypump) or swim at the gym’s pool.
Post # 16
I walk when I can on my lunch break (if I have time for one), and I work downtown so it’s easy to avoid going outside for any length of time in the winter. In the winter it gets super boring, though… we have a mall nearby and everything is connected by pedways, but it’s the same ole same ole. I like to go outside in the summer… much nicer!
I don’t really do any hardcore exercise at lunch, though, because I don’t want to get too sweaty. We have showers available but I am not one of those people who can shower in 5 minutes, and I don’t really want to fuss with bringing lotions and stuff to work. I would just run out of time lol.