Not a fan of early morning or late night workouts? Try working out in the middle of the day. Here are five benefits of lunchtime workouts.
At first, working out during your lunch break may seem impossible. However, I bet if you rearrange your day a bit, a noon workout would be completely doable! Below are five reasons why mid-day workouts are the way to go.
It will help you de-stress
A quick sweat session will do wonders for your anxiety. Stress relief is one of the main reasons I workout. If you’re feeling stressed, hit the gym or go for a walk. Your stress will only worsen if you let it fester until the end of the day.
You will sleep better
In general, having a regular exercise routine promotes restful sleep. A poll done by the National Sleep Foundation found that 83% of people who exercised reported better sleep compared to those who don’t workout.
This poll does not take into account when a person goes to the gym. Everyone has their preferences, but I commonly hear these complaints about certain workout times. A 6am workout is tough after a bad nights sleep. If you are tired after a long day at the office, evening workouts aren’t much fun either. However, if you workout in the afternoon you can sleep in and go to bed early! Win-win!
You’ll beat the crowds
I never go to the gym between the hours of 4pm and 8pm. If I need to workout at that time, I do a MFit home workout. This is because the after-work gym crowd is insane. All of the cardio equipment is taken. There are lines of people waiting for the squat rack. It is difficult to get through a workout at this time. If you plan on going to the gym, lunchtime hours are less busy.
You’ll have a better workout
You will feel more energized when you workout around lunchtime. Your body will feel awake and hydrated. Also, because you have a restricted amount of time during mid-day workouts, you will likely move through the routine quicker. This results in a more challenging workout.
You will need to go into your mid-day workout with a plan of attack to ensure the workout is quick and effective. If you aren’t good a planning fast workouts, feel free to follow along with one of my routines.
You’ll be more productive at work
Numerous studies have shown that exercising can boost your memory, creativity and productivity in the workplace. If you find you typically lose steam in the middle of the day, a workout may help! The feel good endorphins flowing after a lunchtime workout may be exactly what your body needs!