Lunchtime gym-going at the office

by Lisa on Wednesday: Sep 05, 2012

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?

4 Responses to “Lunchtime gym-going at the office”

  1. Jess says:

    I like it, but I always found it hard to have enough time for my workout and to clean up to get back to work. Definitely awesome if you can fit it in. I totally see how it could be awkward working out next to some of your colleagues. Awesome your work has a gym though!

  2. […] mentioned before, my preferred time of day to work out is during lunch so that I can go to the fitness center at the office. However, lately it’s just not been […]

  3. A few years back I used to work in a building that had classes at lunch time. Two times a week there was a 15 min ab class. I did those because one they were only 15 minutes and I didn’t have to take a shower and use up my whole lunch break. It was a good workout though. I exercised there after work. The more the merrier with my co-workers. I know one time i was the only one that showed up and that 15 mins killed me. TALU

  4. Anne Kimball says:

    What a great idea! You’re so fortunate to have a gym in your office. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of having my computer time on my treadmill (I bought a laptop tray for it), but I haven’t been doing so well. Too tired in the morning, too tired when I get home!
    Anyway, thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

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