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Are You a Lunchtime Exerciser?

Written on September 13, 2011 at 10:47 am , by

If you can't hit the gym at lunch, quick stretches at your desk can have the same perks! (Photo courtesy of Jay Sullivan)

There’s a reason some gyms are open 24 hours a day—no two exercisers are alike. But whether you prefer mornings or nights to burn calories you might want to consider another option — exercising during lunch.

According to this Science Daily study, people who exercise during work not only get to cross off their work out on their daily to do list, they are also more productive at work even though they technically logged less hours.

The study followed three workplaces’ productivity levels with and without exercise. One group was asked to get in 2.5 hours of physical activity during the week, one group had the option of working fewer hours without the obligation of exercising, and the last group worked a standard 40-hour work week. The results showed that the group who exercised at work were more productive and even had fewer sick days than the two groups who did not exercise.

Though not all workplaces permit this option, you can use your lunch break to take a walk with a coworker or even do some stretches at your desk  if you can’t make it to a gym. So the next time you find yourself perusing Facebook during your down time, do something that gets your heart pumping instead!

Now tell us: Do you ever exercise during your lunch break?

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  • Miriam

    Yes I work out during my lunch break! and I don’t care how I look afterwards! My fitness goals are more important then what my co-workers think.

  • http://tribesports.com Andrew McDonough

    At Tribesports, we only exercise during our lunch hour occasionally, but what we do, is the whole team stops twice a day at 11am and 4pm, and we all do 5-10 minutes of exercise. We’ve set a quarter of the office up as a gym, with foam padding on the floor, and people do a variety of crunches, press ups, wall squats, planks and even some free weights. It’s a great way to break up the day, and we all feel healthier for it.

  • Frank2112

    I also workout every workday. I started this schedule about a year ago and it has really paid off.

  • Lexi

    Gym is located 5 minutes from work. I get a 30 minute workout in 5 days per week. I have been doing this for nearly a year now and has become habit. I usually try to get in cardio the whole time (treadmill, bike, or elliptical). Sometimes I mix it up with weights and crunches instead.

  • http://www.dinpom.ro Suplimente

    I wish I had a gym near my office to workout during lunch break, instead of eating, losing my energy and feeling sluggish the rest of the day! At my last job, there was a gym inside the building which was nice..and free :D

  • Ann

    Wish I could. I only get 25 minutes for lunch though…

  • Amanda

    That’s my goal! Some weeks I get 5 days, some times only a couple.

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