Most personal trainers agree that the best time to work out is smack dab in the middle of the day. While you might initially scoff at breaking a sweat during your lunch break, you'll warm up to it once you give it a shot.
Plan Ahead To Shed
You'll need to plan ahead to fit a workout into your lunch hour. Be sure to eat a wholesome breakfast so you aren't craving food when it is time to hit the gym. You should also mix in a snack with carbohydrates, like granola or trail mix, a couple of hours before your workout.
You can make a seamless transition into your exercise routine by wearing clothing that is suitable for both everyday living and the gym. Pack a gym bag the night before so you have work appropriate clothes ready to change into once you've finished your gym session. If you work by your gym, power walk there so you are warmed up by the time you arrive.
Once you arrive at the gym, you'll boost your efficiency by following a set routine. It helps if you have a well-organized gym bag. Remove your jewelry, change your sneakers and other gear and segue right into your workout. If you have long hair, go with an “up-do” so that it doesn't accumulate sweat and force you to wash your locks.
Enroll in one of your gym's half-hour fitness classes. It's the perfect afternoon exercise routine as it will be intense enough to get your heart rate up and you'll be able to return to work in a timely manner. Ideally, you'll find a class that offers both cardio exercise along with strength training. Consider abbreviated spin classes, as well. It can be completed in under an hour and it'll surely elevate your heart rate. If classes aren't your thing, hit the treadmill and mix in some weights for a well-balanced workout.
The Downtown Athletic Club is the perfect place to get some afternoon exercise. We have an array of late morning to early afternoon classes that are perfect for busy professionals. The Downtown Athletic Club also has ample shower space so you don't have to wait in line just to clean yourself off before you return to work. Come on in and take a tour of our facility today.