Exercising during your lunch hour can be a great way to give yourself a mental break and raise your productivity and energy for the rest of the day. Unlike sleeping or resting, exercising is something many are still struggling to find time to do therefore consistency on a smaller scale can benefit you for years to come.
You've probably heard that sitting all day is linked to undesirable health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. There are tons of research done to prove the benefits of midday exercises. The benefits include better job performance, improved stamina, more enthusiasm, and increased creativity.
A study in UK found that more than 200 employees who had access to and used a company gym were more productive during the day, and went home feeling more satisfied on the days they exercised during work hours compared to the days they did not exercise as all.
In 2013, another study from International Journal of Workplace Health Management showed that regardless of age, people experience “immediate benefits” for cognition following “a single bout of moderate exercise”, such as 15 minutes of moderately intense cycling on a stationary bike. These findings suggest that working out during the day could be even better than bookending gym time before or after the office.
Alternatively, you can also choose to walk – take the stairs instead of the lift. You don’t need a gym. Movement opportunities are everywhere.
For starters, we can do some stretching or warm-up movements first. This is because, office work culture will normally have you sit or be in a stationary position.