The best way to combat work-related weight gain — not to mention on-the-job stress — is to work out in the middle of your workday.
The best way to combat work-related weight gain — not to mention on-the-job stress — is to work out in the middle of your workday. We know cramming a sweat session into your lunch hour often involves some serious logistics, but with a little planning, leaving your desk at noon won't create stresses of its own. Here are tips, tried and true, to help maximize your workout.
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.