When it comes to lunchtime, we usually think of food—and maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll have time to sit and enjoy it. But what about exercising during your lunch break? If you’re looking to get more exercise and fit more activity into your day, the best place to start is with five exercises you can do during your lunch break. You can make it fun, and it’s easier than you think!
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5 Simple Lunch Break Exercises
You’ll get a leg workout and work your back, chest, shoulders, and arms. Just stand up straight with one foot in front of the other (about two to three feet apart). Bend both knees as if you’re sitting down. Then stand back up. Repeat ten times on each side for a lunge set. This works well at a playground or park bench so that you can take breaks as needed for some lunges.
Squat against a wall with feet flat on the floor at shoulder width and hands overhead. Take a deep breath, then exhale and lower into a sitting position, keeping back straight. Hold for 30 seconds or as long as possible (you’ll feel it in your legs), then repeat. To up the intensity, try wearing a backpack.
This great strength-training exercise works your triceps, chest, and shoulders. It also improves balance, posture, and core strength. All you need is a chair. While in an office setting or at home, place both hands on a sturdy chair seat or armrest. Lift yourself off the floor until your arms are extended, then lower yourself back down slowly.
Calf raises strengthen calf muscles, which are important for our balance and walking ability. As we age, people often lose muscle mass in their calves. Calf raises are an excellent way to start building muscle. Doing 50-100 per day is recommended, but never push yourself past 75% of your maximum ability.
This lunge variation engages your inner thighs, which is great for targeting areas like hips and glutes. Side lunges also make it easy to turn on and flex stabilizing muscles, so they’re a satisfying warm-up exercise. And since lunges work for multiple muscle groups at once, they burn more calories per minute than any other leg movement!
Do you have any lunch break exercises you enjoy? Tell us in a comment!
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