The dark days of Winter have me skipping my usual afterwork gym session; emerging from a workout to pitch-black darkness and freezing temps doesn't appeal to me. To make up for it, I've been ramping up weekend workouts and fitting in gym sessions during my lunch breaks at work. It takes extra planning (and organizing) when it comes to my workday, but it's worth it to avoid the dark commute home. I also have to make sure I am speedy getting in and out of the locker room since every extra minute at the gym is one less minute I'm at my desk. To make sure I don't run over on time, I follow these timesaving tips for working out at lunch.
Before Heading to the Gym
Time your meals and snacks so your stomach is not growling or stuffed when you hit the gym. Between one to two hours before working out, have a carb-packed snack. Think of it like a mini second breakfast: a little granola with skim milk or some trail mix.
Save time by wearing office-appropriate workout wear to skim minutes off your preworkout locker room time. Just be sure to pack fresh clothes for heading back to office.
Power walk to the gym to jump-start your warmup and get the thought of work out of your mind. I use this time to take off my jewelry and put on my heart rate monitor watch.
Locker Room Prep
Having a well organized gym bag — we like 'em with lots of pockets — can seriously cut down on the frantic nature of a quick change. I also know exactly where to reach to find my word lock, which I consider a time-saver too. The one word combination is much easier to remember than three pairs of numbers.
Keep on reading; there are more tips after the break.