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How to Squeeze in a Lunchtime Workout

  • March 30, 2014
  • By Brittany
How to Squeeze in a Lunchtime Workout

Hi there!  How was your weekend?  Hope you did something fun or relaxing!  We took it easy over here at Bendall casa but we did manage to make it out to brunch and a tennis lesson!  We also watched The Wolf of Wall Street.  Have you seen that movie?  It was interesting but really long!  It was amazing to see the lifestyle of stockbrokers on Wall St. 20 years ago.  Crazy times!  I worked at FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) when I was in law school and now I can see why they have so many rules regulating broker behavior!

Anywho, since I started blogging about my lunchtime yoga sessions, I’ve had a lot of questions about squeezing in workouts during the day.  I only go once a week but I look forward to it so much and it really helps me relax in the middle of the week.  Taking the time to leave my office in the middle of the day can be a challenge, but I’ve put together a few tips on how anyone can squeeze in that lunchtime workout leaving you more time at home to enjoy yourself or catch up with your DVR!

1.) Pick a class or gym close to your work.  My yoga studio is just under a ten minute walk from my office.  Ideally I would love it to be a little closer, but I consider the walk time as part of my workout because I book it there and back and it helps me stretch my legs!  I timed the distance before signing up for my first class so I knew exactly how long it would take and I wouldn’t be late for my first class.

2.)  Choose a workout you can easily fit into your day.  I chose a yoga class because I knew I wouldn’t need to shower after my workout.  Any sweaty cardio session wouldn’t work for me because I don’t have time to shower but I could also easily do pilates, barre or some weights.

3.) Be prepared.  I always make sure I have lunch and snacks ready to go on my yoga day so I don’t have to worry about picking up lunch in addition to my class.

4.) Calculate how much time you can spend.  My yoga class is an hour long but because of the additional commuting time, I can’t stay for the full hour.  No worries!  I called the studio and they told me it was fine.  I set my mat up in the back and I told the teacher before class started that I have to leave early.  

5.) Commit!  It is so easy to get sucked into work and make excuses not to leave.  Schedule your class into your calendar and block it out so no one can schedule meetings with you.  Then make that commitment to go.  It’s your lunch, you should use it!

6.) Dress the part.  This is the biggest time-saving key for me.  I put together this little tutorial to show you how to be dressed and ready to go for a lunch-time workout.  It saves time changing in the locker room and makes the whole process so much easier!

First, start with some basics.  I usually choose neutral color tank top and legggings, either capri or full-length.  This is what I wear during class and it’s also the base layer of my outfit for the day.

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Now, it’s time to layer on some “real” clothing.  I love sweater dresses and riding boots.  I throw my boots on over my leggings (you can’t even tell the capris are not full-length once you have the boots on!) and then a sweater dress over the tank top.  When I get to class, all I have to do is take off the dress and my shoes and I’m ready to go!

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Another option, for layering is an oxford shirt, a long sweater and a scarf.  This one is a little bit more difficult because of the buttons, but you could always swap in a top with no buttons if that is easier!

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Readers, do you sneak in lunchtime workouts?  How do you make it easier to get your workout in whatever time of day?  Do you think walking during lunch counts as a workout?


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  • Kim
    March 30, 2014

    Well, since I’m self employed an every day is different this isn’t an issues anymore. When I did work, the best I could do was movement every hour (which we did!!!) and getting up at 4:30 to workout!
    Great tips and I love the way you layer your work clothes over your workout stuff.

    • FitBritt
      March 31, 2014

      It’s great that you move every hour. I need to remind myself to get up and move more. I used to stretch at my desk but my new job is completely open plan so I’m sure I would get a lot of weird looks!

  • Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely
    March 30, 2014

    Great advice, and super cute outfits! Who knew yoga pants and a workout top could be so cute! 😉 Unfortunately, since I teach elementary school and have to sit with my kiddos for the super long lunch time of *22 minutes (!!)* I don’t think a lunchtime workout is an option for me. Great tips for someone who can make it work though!

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    March 31, 2014

    I used your workout clothes trick one day and it was SO helpful. Getting undressed/dressed is the hardest part of workouts midday or even right after work when you don’t have enough commute time.

  • Yum Yucky
    March 31, 2014

    Oh yes. Totally can’t wait to get back to my lunchtime walks, right after tax season here at work is over. I used to do hill repeats on lunchbreak, but I came back to the office way too smelly. I shall stick to walking instead.

    I’m loving the outfit combos!

  • Karen - Fit in France
    March 31, 2014

    I have rarely been successful working out at lunchtime. We have a running club at work which runs twice a week at lunch but I never make it. I prefer to get up an hour earlier and do a workout at home before leaving. Great outfits !

  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    March 31, 2014

    I admire your determination! And also your ability to sneak your yoga outfit into your work clothes. 😉 I don’t really have a scheduled lunch break at work, but I do try to sneak in exercise where I can!

    • FitBritt
      March 31, 2014

      I think just being committed to sneaking in exercise when possible, like you said, is the biggest thing! I find that I sit way too much!

  • Carla
    March 31, 2014

    Your best tip was the last one! That will save so much time to use your Yoga outfit as the base of your daytime outfit. Just a quick question, what will you do now that it’s spring and soon summer time. How will you wear the capris with appropriate shoes. Ooohhh…I would love to see an entire post on this! 🙂 I need some help because this is something I’ve been considering.

    • FitBritt
      March 31, 2014

      Great question Carla! It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I think I’ll continue to wear a yoga top as my base and then do a bottom quick change. If I wear a skirt or some non-fussy pants, I’ll be able to change so quickly into capris or shorts that I won’t really lose any real time.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    April 1, 2014

    I live in the gym on my lunch break, these are all great tips! I have two different gym options within 2 blocks of my job and four withing 5 blocks (the perks of working in times square!) Since I get up insanely early and have to pick up my kids after work lunchtime is the ONLY time!

  • Holly
    April 2, 2014

    Your outfits to look the part are great–you really think through your workouts to get the most of your time! I keep lots of different pairs of shoes at work for comfort and an occasional walk.

  • Sun
    April 2, 2014

    I’ve recently been trying to fit in lunchtime workouts a few days per week and it’s worked out well! Love your tips for making it more efficient – I think a walk warmup is perfect and agree layering is key to getting in and out of the gym faster!

  • Danielle @ Fitness Frugalista
    April 3, 2014

    Unfortuntely I do not fit in lunchtime workouts. I wish I did though! I love your tips – especially with the clothes. And your clothes are so cute! Do you shop anywhere in particular? I try to make it easier for me to workout after work by always having my clothes ready to go. Same for the morning – if I’m working out in the AM I will lay out my clothes the night before. I am not sure if walking would count for an intense workout during lunch, however it is so much better than nothing and is a great way to get away from your desk to clear your mind.

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