While the idea of working out on your lunch break sounds like the perfect situation (it happens during the workday so it doesn’t eat up precious morning or evening time) in theory, it is harder to accomplish than it seems. Even if you are so lucky as to have a one-hour daily lunch break, squeezing in getting to the gym, getting changed, working out, having a shower and getting back to work within an hour is tiring just thinking about it. Plus, you still need to eat!
So, the gym memberships that get purchases to be used during lunch hour typically get shoved into the back of a wallet/purse/desk drawer to never be seen again. But, hold on. That doesn’t mean that you can’t squeeze a workout into your workday.
I find what works best is a quick routine, that engages your entire body without leaving you dripping in sweat and only takes 10 minutes. That is right, just 10 minutes. You can do this type of routine anywhere – outside in a park or in your office as there is no equipment required. See, no excuses!
Here is how to do the workout. Perform each movement for two minutes and take a 30-second break after each exercise.
10 Minute Workout
Squats (2 minutes)
Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips. In a smooth motion, sit your butt back into a squat. Make sure that your knees do not extend past your toes and that your weight is in your heels. Keep your chest up high!
Push Ups (2 minutes)
Start in a plank position with hands shoulder-width apart. Bend your arms and lower your chest to the floor (or as close as you can) and push back up into a plank position.
T Rotation Planks (2 minutes – 1 minute each arm)
Start in a high plank position with feet hip distance apart. Rotate entire body to the left into a side plank with your right shoulder above your right wrist. Extend your left arm to the sky or ceiling and continue to drive your hips up. Return your left arm down to the high plank position.
After one minute, repeat on the other side.
Standing Crunches (2 minutes)
With your feet hip-width apart, stand with your hands behind your head and elbows wide. Bring your right knee toward your right elbow while bending your torso up and over to the right. Lower your right foot back to standing position and repeat with your left foot, alternating sides.
There you have it and with 50 minutes to spare! This is so simple and easy to include somewhere in your routine that there is no reason you cannot start this daily 10 minute workout tomorrow.