Working out during lunch hour.

  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 21, 2009 8:40 AM GMT
    I just join a gym . Since I am constantly busy in the office and come back late I have decided the only time available time for me to workout is during 1 hour lunch break. Personally I not sure wether this arrangement will work but I gonna give it a try. 20 minute to get there, 20 min for cardio and 20 min for weight liftting .

    Anyone else here do their workout during their lunch hour. The way I see , it probably will discourage me from having big lunch because I cant do proper exercise with full stomach. But I need to worry about the gym shoes, t shirt and probably I will be to tired to continue working after coming back.

    Any tips are appreciated.
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    Feb 21, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    Actually, working out at lunch revives you for the rest of the day. You will find yourself much for alert and productive during the afternoon. I, personally, think companies should encourage lunch time workouts. They would would gain so much more in productivity in the afternoons compared to what they might lose in time at the gym.

    Your time calculations bother me though. 20 minutes to get there, but you dont factor in 20 minutes to get back.....nor do I see any time alloted for a shower. Good god, man, dont come back without showeing!!!! ... icon_eek.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 21, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    CASLON,

    Well, the gym is 10 min away. So 20 min (come and back). I probably can go for showering and comb my hair in about 5 min. Its a little bit tight for time but I try to make it work.

    I have heard other guys going for a jog "the so call secret runner" and this give me idea to maximize my lunch hour for working out.
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    Feb 21, 2009 11:34 PM GMT
    zakariahzol saidCASLON,

    Well, the gym is 10 min away. So 20 min (come and back). I probably can go for showering and comb my hair in about 5 min. Its a little bit tight for time but I try to make it work.

    I have heard other guys going for a jog "the so call secret runner" and this give me idea to maximize my lunch hour for working out.

    When I was a US Army staff officer, doing individual PT (physical training) over lunch hour was encouraged. So naturally I abused it.

    First I'd go to the Officer's Club for a big lunch, then drive to the post gym. Next I'd run 2 miles over a wooded trail we called the "Run For Your Life" course. Back at the gym I'd swim a few laps in the pool, and then sit in the sauna for a while, shower & get back into my uniform. Total time: about 2 hours.

    That was in addition to the organized outdoor morning PT we took on Mon, Wed & Fri. No wonder I was such a trim little shit until I retired... LOL!
  • leaozinho

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    Feb 22, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    I work in Soho Manhattan and there is a gym across the street from my office. Since December I have been seeing a trainer there twice a week at lunchtimes. It takes about 1:30. We do an hour work out and then 15 mins before and after to change clothes, shower, warm up etc. I usually grab food after and eat at my desk. It makes me more relaxed, alert and energetic for the rest of the day. It is wonderful.

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    Feb 22, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    zakariahzol saidCASLON,

    Well, the gym is 10 min away. So 20 min (come and back).


    ZAKARIAHZOL

    I was only going on what you wrote "20 minute to get there" and "Any tips are appreciated." ......

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  • Timbales

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    Feb 22, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    You might want to try focusing on one thing each workout instead of spending too little time on multiple things during your 30 minutes. Maybe cardio Monday Wednesday and Friday, then lifting Tuesday and Thursday.
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    Feb 22, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    I used to either do cardio during lunch and then workout after work or the opposite. Just depended on what I was doing that day. I used to hate doing cardio and getting a workout all at once.
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    Feb 22, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    Tim & Big are right. Alternate days with your cardio and weight training. That gives you 35 to 40 minutes of workout.
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 22, 2009 11:38 AM GMT
    Excellent tips guys. I sure will take those advise especially the stuff about alternative days. After all muscle need time to rest in order for it to grow.

    Exercising before work is the alternative that have come to my mind. But that is a lot more hassle. You know , I have to wake up early, battle the traffic, I have to carry my laptop , briefcase (I am on motorbike ) . As a matter of fact I have try that before , but the inconvienience make me miss a few days of workout and finally quit the gym. On lunch hour I can conviniently leave those stuff on my table and continue working after I come back.

    Caslon,

    Sorry, I should be more specific.
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    Mar 13, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    I'm kinda lucky. My office just moved to a new building, and my gym is in the same building. So i can get in a 30 minute weight routine and 20 minute cardio during my lunch. Also, the office is only a 5-minute drive form my house, so if i want to get more weights in during lunch, i'll do my cardio during the weekend.

    but i'm thinking of changing things around a bit. I might try doing 20 minutes of cardio before work and then hitting the weights at lunch. as it is, i'm usually at the office by 7:30
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    Mar 13, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    zakariahzol saidI just join a gym . Since I am constantly busy in the office and come back late I have decided the only time available time for me to workout is during 1 hour lunch break. Personally I not sure wether this arrangement will work but I gonna give it a try. 20 minute to get there, 20 min for cardio and 20 min for weight liftting .

    Anyone else here do their workout during their lunch hour. The way I see , it probably will discourage me from having big lunch because I cant do proper exercise with full stomach. But I need to worry about the gym shoes, t shirt and probably I will be to tired to continue working after coming back.

    Any tips are appreciated.


    You will actually be more revved after working out. You will be surprised how sharp and focused you become