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4 Life Changes That Happened After I Started Working Out During My Lunch Break

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  1. Kay says:

    I miss working out during my lunch hour. I lost 30 pounds a couple of years back by doing so. Since the weather’s been nice, I make it a priority to get out of the office and go for a walk on my lunch break. I walk about 1.3 miles in 30 minutes, which isn’t too bad. However, I do miss using the elliptical machine (That things works wonders!). This article is right on time because I had been thinking about joining the gym in the building for the last two weeks. My greatest concern is if it’s worth the costs being that I’m only in the office 2 or 3 days per week, depending on the week. But, this article just confirmed what I need to do. No more putting it off. Thank you for the article.

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  2. I just walk the parking garage at work for 15min and I’m energized for the rest of my 16 hour shift

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  3. Night time works for me. Just get your body moving people.

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  4. Then when do you eat? Teachers only get 30 minutes and we can’t eat in classrooms with students.

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    1. Same with nurses…30minutes for a 12.5 hour shift…

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    2. http://xonecole.com/wp-content/themes/xon/images/xoicon.png Brittani Hunter says:

      In that case if you are comfortable doing so I would make a smoothie in the morning for lunch or do a shake.

      Brittani Hunter Freelance Journalist & Management Pro 469-230-6610 | [email protected] | http://www.themogulmillennial.com “There must be consistency in direction.” — W. Edwards Deming

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    3. Shenay Moore says:

      I eat for 15 walk for 15

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  5. Veronica says:

    During lunch! That’s a brilliant idea. More time for yourself after work, I love it. Thanks for the tip. I normally get up at 6am and knock it out but I will try this for more sleep. Packing my gym bag for the week

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  6. JLynn719 says:

    My company provides free access to the gym in my building so I take advantage. I usually do about 45 mins of interval cardio or strength training or take a circuit class during my daily workouts. I will echo saving money and getting that midday rush after my workout. If you have the ability, definitely try to fit in a workout during lunch.

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  7. roseinweeds says:

    lunch workouts r awesome. i dt do them ne more bt when i did…a 30min workout (cardio or weights) was just a nice boost. then 30min to shower n get back to work. i sweat n ita not cute to go back to the office after a quality HIIT session nasty.

    i thk the midday workouts that add value need 1.5hrs allotted. or else when do u eat??! i would workout, shower, lunch (prepped).

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  8. Bianca Moore says:

    I read this article she didn’t mention when she has time eat lunch I guess she eats big breakfast

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    1. http://xonecole.com/wp-content/themes/xon/images/xoicon.png Brittani Hunter says:

      Hey Bianca!

      I normally eat a quick meal prepped lunch in my office or drink a smoothie

      Brittani Hunter Freelance Journalist & Management Pro 469-230-6610 | [email protected] | http://www.themogulmillennial.com “There must be consistency in direction.” — W. Edwards Deming

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  9. Vpprinces01 says:

    My job offers free full size gym and free lunch (set up like a typical college campus cafeteria). I bring my workout gear with every intention of exercising during my lunch break, but I usually ditch & go eat lunch. Smh. I’ve really got to do better. I go after work which means I have way less time to study or do my household duties.

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  10. nicjonez says:

    This has always been a dream of mine – to get a workout done and dusted on my lunch break 5 days a week, and then sleep in on weekends! I work at a very laid back office where we are given serious freedom where our breaks are concerned, which makes it that much more desirable.

    However, what this didn’t touch on, and what I was hoping this would, is the reality of getting yourself together after your mid-day workout to return to work. Perhaps I am missing something, but running outside on a lunch break would leave me a sweaty mess! Even if I left the run out, a circuit training workout where I am making enough effort to actually make the workout worth it, would still leave me needing a shower. And depending on the weather (sunny, humid) the hair would require additional attention as well.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s awesome for any woman who can take advantage of this! As I said, I wish I could, but it’s just not at all realistic for me and I imagine it’s not for many others.

    I think before work workouts are just as effective, as an alternative for those who still want the freedom after work. I also find it much easier to stay consistent with before work workouts because, sadly, lunch at work can be just as unpredictable as after work. Meetings get moved, urgent things come up, and of course the lunch time doc appts we all try to squeeze in!

    As long as you’re getting it in when you can and when it works best for you that’s all that really matters!

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  11. Alicia Brown says:

    I’m going to have cardio for lunch today myself lol. Only thing i hate about it is the whole leave work, change into workout clothes, workout, shower, put your work clothes back on and go back to work routine lol. I’d rather get up early in the morning and get it out the way lol

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  12. But my lunch break is only 30 minutes, that includes time I’m waiting for supervision to come arrive in the lunch room and a bathroom break…. Ahhhh the luxeries of the working world that teachers don’t have 🙁

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  13. Jayna Flores says:

    Earlier in the morning or late in the night is much more feasible for me. I can’t imagine being on my feet for most of my shift in the morning, then doing strenuous exercise during my breaks…a break is a break for a reason, in my opinion.

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  14. I walk during my breaks and lunch. It makes a difference!

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  15. True. I did it for years. We had s gym at work.

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  16. Dana Cotton says:

    I kinda wish this article was more inclusive of people in all (more) professions. I could really use some tips

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  17. Elisa Harry says:

    When I did this at least 4x a week I lost 40 lbs…

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  18. I walk during my lunch break when I can. I used to try to workout at lunch, but it’s stressful to get a good workout in and freshen back up. I’m considering and under the desk cycle. Sitting is the new smoking

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    1. That’s a really good idea about the desk cycle!

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    2. Marcie says:

      Thats an awesome idea! Looking for one right now!

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  19. Nah I’m sorry I need my 30 minutes Łlol

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  20. I looooooved working out on my lunch break! I used to go to the gym in the hotel attached to my office building and do a step or kickboxing class for 45 min then hike up the stairs back to the 11th floor, with my big ol gym bag! This was pre 9-11, of course. I may have to get back to this!!!

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  21. I only hate the having to shower and then redressing back into my work clothes I need to learn how to dress quicker lol

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  22. I only have 30min’s not for me

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  23. Ansley Green says:

    And be sweaty when you get back on the clock? Naah

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  24. Monica says:

    I have thought about working out during lunch .. Right now I’m about of the AM crew and I actually LOVE it (not the getting up early part ) only because I have more room and time in the evenings to do what I want to do. My only concern with gym workouts is I NEED to be able to freshen up right after pending what I choose to do . But maybe I’m thinking of doing too much .. I need to limit it to simple things .. Great article

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  25. Danielle says:

    Working out during your lunch break sounds ideal, but if you work out like me: 1 hour of working out and sweaty clothes post workout, which means I’ll need a shower and I’ll have to re-do my make-up and drag an extra gym bag to work; all of this for me takes more than 1hr. I enjoy working out after I get off the clock because I don’t feel rushed and I can work out as long as I want. Take a nice relaxing shower and enjoy the rest of my evening. I do however, take a brisk walk around town on my lunch break for 20-30 mins when it’s not extremely hot, so I can get a break from the office and some fresh air.

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  26. oh honey i know ! i maximise my 1 hour lunch break! lol I live close to work to so i go home, make my lunch, power nap, watch some tv and make it back to work on time.

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  27. Taria Bryant says:

    I can attest to this. Being a new mom, it’s very difficult to get enough uninterrupted time to workout or go to the gym. I’ve recently started using my lunch break for the gym and It’s been life-changing. Lol

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  28. Danica Bruns says:

    I can attest to this as well. We moved back to our old office building that has a gym and it’s been a game changer! I look forward to those workouts for sure. Plus, since I work overnights, it was hard to schedule gym time around my schedule.

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  29. If my lunch break was longer than 30 minutes maybe

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  30. I’ve done this but felt exhausted. I would do 20-25 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of strength training then shower, dress to make it back to my desk. I didn’t have time to cool down and would feel more tensed

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  31. I have a 30 minute lunch break but I only eat for 15 min and then go walk and take the stairs for 15 min before going back to my desk.

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  32. 45 minutes of cardio every day on my lunch break. I sit all day long so I make sure my butt hits that gym. I have lunch at my desk when I return and weight training after I get off.

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  33. What lunch break? Lol

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  34. No there really isn’t. Teachers barely get 30 minutes. By the time I drop kids, wait for the lunch duty folks to report, go to the bathroom, I literally have 15-20 minutes. And it’s not like I can eat in the classroom while the kids ate present. So nope literally there’s nothing I can do.

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