Less Lunch, More Crunch

workout

The last thing you want to do on your lunch break is work harder, right? You might be hesitant, but there are some advantages to squeezing in a quick workout on your lunch break. For starters, it’s guaranteed free time, so you definitely can get in a set or two, or a short run. If you spend some time exercising, you’ll naturally have to eat less, which reduces calorie intake, making getting fit easier. A smaller lunch portion plus the exercise will also boost your energy, so you’ll come back after work feeling refreshed instead of in a food coma.

Plan Ahead

Gym Schedule

Keep track of what goes on during your day and see how many spare minutes you can shake loose. Any moment you spend doing nothing could possibly be used more efficiently to make time elsewhere; if you can complete tasks ahead of schedule, or otherwise plan them in blocks, you can also create blocks for workout times, and treat them as a project. Regularly scheduled workout time, even just five minutes in the breakroom, can keep you committed.

Multitask

Chewing Gum

So maybe you can’t find any time to set aside. Have you given multitasking a try? Any situation where you’re waiting on external factors is a chance to burn some calories. For example, if you make your own coffee at home before work, there’s a workout while you wait. Little things like fidgeting, chewing gum, or even singing can burn a few calories. All of these are pretty easy to do while you’re working, and might even improve your focus and productivity. However, if you’re not sure what else you can do while you’re already doing stuff, you should consider….

Core Exercises
Core Training

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While gym goers and weightlifters are known for their arms, and there is the joke about skipping leg day, there is another part of the body that is easy to neglect, but also easy to work out: your core. Your core consists primarily of your abdominals, but also includes the hips and is responsible for stability and support. Working your core doesn’t require a vast range of motion, so you can burn calories and strengthen your core while seated and working with a number of exercises. Abdominal vacuums are an excellent place to start, but there are others as well.

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