Finding a time during your day to exercise is essential. Here's how to use your lunch break to stay active.
The perspective is different for those who decide to take advantage of the lunch break to focus on their daily sporting activity. In this case, the main problems are related to the workplace.
Most people do the classic eight-hour office work, away from home, with just one hour of lunch break. Then there are those who do not have the opportunity to disconnect a little earlier in the evening, such as those who work in contact with customers in shops. More fortunate are those who, on the other hand, can manage their time independently or who do not have rigid and pre-established schedules. In all these cases, it is still possible to take a moment to break up the day and dedicate an hour, or even less, to sport.
How to make your lunch break more active
To save valuable time when you are running out of time, the first thing to do is remember to pack everything you need for training the night before. This way, the next morning you will have everything ready and not risk forgetting anything. This advice is valid not only for those who leave their home to go to work, but also for those who stay there or can return during the break. Furthermore, having everything ready avoids the risk of finding some imaginary excuse and giving in to the desire to skip training.
Many people prefer to dedicate more time to sport than the lunch break, for fear of having too little time available. However, a short time does not mean that it is impossible. On the contrary, it means reducing and concentrating everything into a shorter period of time. If you are used to running for sixty minutes, during your lunch break you can decide to dedicate just half an hour to training, varying your habits. Instead of a classic workout, you can focus on muscle strengthening with a cross training or stretching session or a quality session based on short but intense repetitions (perhaps on a treadmill). The same goes for those who dedicate themselves to swimming, to the gym or to any other sport (cycling is the one that perhaps pays the most for the time it takes).
On the other hand, for those who can freely manage their time, the work break to be taken into consideration to train fully should be about two hours: a quarter of an hour of preparation, an hour of training, a quarter of an hour to get washed and changed, half an hour to eat. The more time is reduced, the more you will have to try to optimize what is available.
All the benefits of training during your lunch break
The benefits of exercising during your lunch break are varied. First of all, break the working day into a before and after: mentally it is easier to face four hours of work at a time, and a regenerating workout allows you to manage the second part of the day better. With the advantage, very often, of also being able to find a solution to all the problems that arose during the morning.
Another benefit is linked to the fact that, as with physical activity carried out in the early hours of the day, even that during lunch breaks increases the levels of calcium in the blood. This, in turn, increases the production of endorphins and dopamine, the hormone that allows you to feel euphoric, satisfied and fulfilled. Once back in the office, you will feel full of energy (and no longer tired!), hyperactive and in a good mood, also performing much better from a work point of view.
Not everyone is addicted to sports but being an example for more sedentary colleagues by encouraging them to do activities, alone or in a group, is a habit that will be good not only for them, but also for overall productivity. Try it out for yourself!