You may be one of those busy people for whom your lunch hour at work is the only time you can devote to fitness. But is there a way to get in an actual health-boosting routine — without looking like a wreck for the rest of the day? Some people have perfected the art of efficient workout (and cleanup) routines.
Keeping it Fresh
If your office has a fitness center and shower room — great! But for most people, the main issue preventing hitting the outdoor walking path, or the indoor weight room, has more to do with not having the ability to clean up afterward.
Changing your clothes before a vigorous workout is a must. If you have your own office, or when an onsite locker room is available, this step is fairly easy. If not, the restroom be used for changing. (An over-the-cubicle hook and a zippered wardrobe bag discreetly hides your nice clothes in your workstation while you’re exercising.)
No access to a post-workout shower? A tote bag packed with a towel for excess perspiration — along with baby wipes, dry shampoo and deodorant — can work wonders. Just remember to perform this freshening-up routine in your office or a bathroom stall. No one wants to find a colleague taking a “dry bath” in the corporate restroom.
Efficient Workout Strategies
Doing just 15 to 20 minutes of cardio a few days a week can do wonders for your health. That means that even people with strict half-hour workouts can probably get in a brisk walk or run, with time left over for cleaning up and changing.
But what happens when time or limited facilities make a messy, vigorous workout impractical? In those cases, focus on health-boosting moves that don’t require showers, or even a change of clothes. Save your cardio for the weekend or those rare free mornings. At work, focus on other health-boosting, non-sweaty routines. For example, you might use a resistance band to build strength, or get in a few yoga poses. Been neglecting your stretching? Use your lunch hour to build flexibility.
Don’t give up! Even if you’re reduced to doing isometric “butt clenches” at your desk, fitting any healthy activity into your day is bound to inspire you to work more fitness into your life.