I always feel bitter sweet about my desk/office job. I am grateful for having air conditioning/heating, water and a fridge readily available the entire time that I am at work. On the other hand, sitting down all day, every day can be hard on the body. My joints are starting to feel it, my neck and back are not as strong as they once were and I have muscles that are not being used nor developed. Its a whole thing I mentally process daily.
For about 2 years I have set my alarm in the morning with the intent of waking up a couple hours before work and getting in an extra workout. ‘Even if it is just cardio or a morning stretch’. I say it every night, thinking that by some chance I will wake up and do it. Reality is, I wont. Out of these 2 years, I have gone to the gym before 6 am about five times.
My normal workout routine happens after my workday. I go to the gym from 6 to about 7:15 pm. I always want to stay after and do more cardio, but I live very far away from the gym and end up getting home around 8 pm.
I say all these things as a reference to why I chose to challenge myself with a Lunchtime Workout. I really am in need of cardio, but refuse to do it in the morning and feel like it is too late after work. So the solution, go at lunch!
Get to the gym, run on a treadmill and get back to work in 1 hour and 15 min tops.
- Face wipes
- Eye cream
- Eyebrow brush
- Workout leggings
- Sports bra
- Socks (!)
Day 1- Monday
I forgot my socks, and as disgusting as it sounds, I still went to the gym and ran. I could not skip out on my very FIRST LUNCHTIME WORKOUT!! What is even worse is that I had to go to my workout class after work, with no socks as well. I felt bad for my gym partner. But don’t worry, I threw my shoes in the wash as soon as I got home. Just in case you wanted to know.
I decided to do a short run/jog interval workout on the treadmill. Which was about 18 minutes long.
I was able to go to the gym, run, get back to work, wash my face, moisturize, and get dressed all in one hour! That was too easy! Why haven’t I been doing this my whole life? Oh yeah, because I am lazy!
Day 2 -Tuesday
I got a little cocky about the workout being too short the previous day and did a 27 min workout. It was definitely more challenging, but I was also stressed and rushing back to work. I decided I needed to find something in the middle. Challenging, yet time appropriate.
Day 3-5 Wed-Fri
I found the perfect workout time cap to be 21 minutes. I decided to do a variation of speeds for different lengths of time within those 21 minutes. Here is an example of one of the ones I did:
I really enjoyed the outcome of this experiment! I started each day feeling excited, instead of guilty for missing my workout for the 730th (2 years, see above…eh eh?) day in a row. I realized something that I already knew: I am not a morning person, and morning workouts are never going to happen. I also felt like I had to something to look forward to during my work day, and that I had to get more things accomplished before my workout time.
If you feel like you could use cardio, or any workout at all, but have no time, I suggest you try to challenge yourself to a Lunchtime Workout this week!
What are some ways you add cardio to your busy work days? Let me know in the comments, I love a good workout challenge.