By Erin Oprea
During the lunch hour, many people resort to going to the nearest fast-food joint for a quick meal. This usually leads to carb- or salt-heavy foods that can make you feel sleepy or bloated. Then the rest of the day drags on and you're more likely to hit an energy slump mid-afternoon. You know what I'm talking about. Well, it’s time to drastically change how you approach your lunch hour.
First, you need to get into the routine of packing healthy, energy-filled foods — and combining that with a quick, lunchtime workout. Below are some easy lunch suggestions to get you started and three exercises that require no equipment and hardly any space.
1. Here are a few healthy lunch options that are easy to put together the night before:
Keep these words in mind when shopping for your lunch: low-sodium, low-sugar, and reduced carbs. Also, if you’re going into work with a packed lunch, don’t put it in a boring brown bag. Buy yourself a really nice lunch box and advertise your healthiness!
2. Here is a quick list of workouts you can fit into your lunch hour:
These are all designed to get your heart rate up and provide you with strength training within 30 minutes. Walking for your warm-up is a great way to start; however, your new goal is to get to the point of jogging for the whole warm-up/cool-down period.
If you're looking for other short workouts you can do anywhere, try these: