Fitting in a workout during a lunch break is not impossible but takes some forethought. With such limited time, here's how to get the most out of your workout when you only have an hour to spare.
- Dress right: Wear items that you don't have to struggle with while you change, like a loose dress or a wrinkle-free button-down. You can also wear your Winter running tights to work underneath your outfit for a quick change and to keep you warm. More Winter gym bag essentials here.
- Go at off times: If you can, try not to go to the gym right at noon. You'll have to fight with a crowded locker room, which eats into your workout time. Also, even if you're using the gym for the machines on the floor, be sure to still check out the class schedule. You'll be able to estimate when the locker room and shower will be busy based on class start and end times.
- Pick a shorter workout: Short but intense saves time without sacrificing calorie burn. Stick with a workout that's 30-45 minutes so you'll have time to get in and out without going over your lunchtime. Since your workout is shorter, go for interval or circuit training to burn the most calories in a short time. Do this 30-minute circuit workout or this 45-minute pyramid treadmill interval workout.
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- Block off the time: It can be easy to get sucked into a deadline project or a lunchtime meeting. If you always feel like something comes up, block off gym time in your calendar so everyone knows you're busy at that time.
- Pack your gym bag right: A quick gym trip includes a fast locker room routine. Pack your gym bag so what you need first is at the top, and use a bag that has enough compartments to hold your toiletries, dirty clothes, jewelry, and other necessities. Keep your toiletries in a separate bag you can take to the shower with you, and keep dry shampoo and face wipes on hand for quick freshening up. More product ideas on how to save time in the locker room are here.