Pressed for time? Crush these lunch break workouts
One of the biggest struggles for working professionals is striking that work-life balance. While there are hundreds of suggestions available online to help you achieve this work-life balance, it is easier said than done. Most people tend to spend their time sitting in one place with limited physical activity. We tend to invest all our time in our work, trying to maximize our productivity, taking our body for granted. One cannot neglect the need for the physical conditioning of the body in such a scenario. Regular exercise and workouts are essential to ensuring a fit and productive body. Time is valuable. If you can incorporate these lunch break workouts, do it!
Over-loaded schedules can lead to burn out, fatigue, and missed workouts. Working out regularly has numerous benefits. Consistency is crucial if training for a triathlon of any distance. Missing even one day can sometimes upset your body’s schedule and disrupt its normal functioning. We have compiled a list of easy lunch break workouts that won’t take up all of your time. Stay on track, whether you’re training or staying in shape.
Go for a quick jog or ride
You can develop this habit and feel the difference within a few days. A light jog or a quick ride is something you can do just about anywhere. If you have lunch in your office, you can take a lap around the office. You can even ask your colleagues to join you and form an office run club. If you decide to eat at a nearby place, you can ride there. Pro tip: if you have the chance to take the stairs, do it! You can also turn that into a workout. Walk or jog up and down several floors. This will help increase your lower body strength.
Light jogging or an easy ride can work wonders before lunch. It will increase your heart rate, ensuring a proper flow of blood throughout your body. It is basically a cardio blast before lunch, and we promise you will enjoy your lunch better after it. These 3 cyclist-friendly routes in Austin are great for a quick ride.
If you are not at your office and can afford a little sweat, try circuit training. You can develop a quick customized routine to suit your physical requirements. It can be a combination of multiple two-minute routines, focusing on every major muscle, or it can just focus on a core group of muscles.
If you’re trying to save money during triathlon training, you can even do this at the office without weights. You will use your bodyweight for push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges. Set up a workout plan with three sets of 10 repetitions. No matter your workout’s intensity, don’t forget about the importance of the warm-up and cool down.
Develop a quick stretch routine
This is again something you can take up anywhere. Once you realize it’s time for lunch, you can take off your shoes and stretch your muscles. Make sure that you focus on every major muscle: shoulders, arms, legs, torso, and neck. Once you develop a flow, you can add more stretching exercises to your routine or incorporate a 15-minute yoga session. A great stretch routine is an important part of any day, but especially if you use your lunch break workouts as training for your first triathlon.