Five Easy Ways to Get Fit in Your Lunch Break

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I know you're busy; we all are. But don't try and tell me you've got no time for exercise. People who choose to be fit and healthy make the time to look after their bodies. And you know what? That's not as hard as you might think.

A 30-minute or even 15-minute workout is better than no workout at all. So here are some exercises you can do during your lunch hour and still have time to eat before going back to work.


1. Bring a pair of running shoes to work with you. During your break, go for a quick run or even just a power walk if you don't want to get all sweaty/don't have anywhere to take a shower before you get back to work.

2. Some gyms actually run lunchtime exercise classes designed especially for people in their lunch hour. Check if there are any in your local area.

3. There are some exercises that you can do anywhere. Go to the park, an empty room in your building or any secluded spot you can find and do some squats, lunges, planks and star jumps.

4. Grab your yoga mat as you're running out the door in the morning. Use it to do some yoga poses and stretches in your secluded spot during your lunch hour.
 
5. Deskercises! If sometimes you can't even leave your desk for lunch, all is not lost. Firstly, check your posture. Sitting up straight works your abs and burns 20 per cent more calories than slouching. Exercises you can do at your desk include:
- Calf raises. Put a heavy file on your lap to create more resistance.
- Stretches. Stretch your arms, legs, neck and chest.
- Kegels. Work those pelvic floor muscles by squeezing for a count of ten.
- Table pushes. Push down as hard as you can on the desk to work your arms.
- Ankle rolls. Pretty self explanatory. These increase circulation.
- Seated crunches. Engage your core and slowly lift your knees up to touch the table.


The most important thing is to move, especially if you are stuck at a desk for eight hours a day. A sedentary lifestyle is a silent killer so try to squeeze in some form of exercise whenever you get the opportunity.

Do you have anything to add to this list? Let me know in the comments how you manage to keep fit at work!

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