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If You Do a 6-Minute Workout, This Amazing Cafe Will Give You Free Lunch

David Lloyd Club

There are few things better than free food—and a London cafe promises to give you some, but only if you do a six-minute workout first first.

The idea comes from the David Lloyd Clubs, a U.K.-based gym chain, that, according to a press release, paired with the Run For Your Bun cafe to "encourage sedentary office workers to be more active." 

Though short, the quick HIIT workout isn't as easy as you'd think. It requires customers to spend a minute on a rowing machine, followed by a minute on the spin bike and treadmill each. After that, you're expected to do 60-second sit-ups, body weight squats, and lunges, each with a 30-second break in between. Do that three times over, and you'll probably work up a sweat. But to earn your free food voucher you only have to do it once—in the company of a trainer, of course. 

Following the short workout, customers can choose several healthy food options from the free lunch menu. These include a grilled chicken breast burger with tomato, red onion, and garlic mayo, and a pita pocket filled with greens and smoked salmon or grilled halloumi cheese—each option sounding more appetizing than the next. (Read: No More Back Pain! The Stretch Sequence Every Office Worker Needs)

"According to our research, British office workers spend almost 90 percent of the working day sat down being inactive and invariably eating lunch at their desks—an issue compounded by the huge popularity and convenience of food and shopping delivery apps," David Lloyd Clubs' Elaine Denton says in the release.

And to make things clear, Denton explains that this program isn't suggesting that people who have desk jobs and hectic work schedules should work out more and eat less. (Read: 7 Ways To Make Your Office Healthier)

"Importantly, the cafe isn't in any way about encouraging people to 'cancel out' calories through exercise," she says. "Indeed, the micro workout at Run For Your Bun only represents a fraction of the calories contained in any of the lunch items ... We think it's more responsible to highlight the benefits of being a little bit more active on a regular basis."


Faith Brar

Faith is an Associate Digital Editor at Meredith Corporation in Boston. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Shape, Better Homes & Gardens, More and others.  More →

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