If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that one of my most reliable and (sort of) favorite ways to get in my workouts during the week is to take my one hour lunch break at the office and turn it into a gym session. For me, it feels much easier to go to the gym when I’m already in a productive, getting-things-done mood and work days have their own reliable routine to them and a workout often feels like another part of that routine.
I’m lucky to have a small fitness center at the office where I work, but if I didn’t, I’d be inclined to look into nearby gyms to make sure the pattern continued.
There are, of course some pros and cons to this type of workout schedule:
– A workout in the middle of a work day really helps me clear my head and take an hour to get away from the stress of whatever I’m working on that day
– ROUTINE! It’s so much easier to get into a routine when I can make it a regular part of my work day.
– Working out before work causes (for me anyway) sleep deprived burnout and working out after work can be lackluster and lazy because I’m already too tired. This time frame is perfect.
– My coworkers see me going to the gym and think I’m a bad ass (maybe… 😉 )
– It can be a little awkward to work out next to your coworkers. Luckily, not too many of the people I work with on a day to day basis frequent the gym, so it’s not so bad
– The sweat factor: even after a quick shower, I usually end up sweating for a while afterward
– When things get crazy at the office, sometimes lunch breaks need to be skipped altogether in favor of working, in which case, I end up sacrificing the day’s workout
Have you ever tried working out during your lunch break? Do you love it or hate it?