Ditch the desk and move that body
Did you know prolonged sitting is detrimental to your health,
even if you exercise for 30 minutes on most days?
Sitting down all day is the reality for most of us who have desk
jobs but it's not all bad news.
Welcome to the lunchtime workout! This increasingly popular
exercise regime is gaining popularity in gyms and workplaces across
Diabetes Queensland accredited exercise physiologist Kathryn
Kirchner said some people find lunchtime to be the
perfect time to ditch the desk and fit some exercise into
Many workplaces, fitness centres and personal trainers are now
offering a variety of classes specially designed to suit a
lunchbreak. You could try a cardio class if you have time to
fit in a shower. But if you're short on time, a
quick 30 minute strength-based training or Pilates class could work
well for you.
For people who don't have time to go to an actual gym, it's
still easy to get lunchtime exercise by yourself. What about
a brisk walk around the block, heading out for a run, bike ride or
swimming some laps? You could also arrange a walking meeting
instead of sitting in the stuffy boardroom.
"We are all busy but it's important for us to counteract the
amount of sitting we are doing each day with exercise and movement
to reduce our risk of developing a range of chronic diseases,"
"Lunch time exercise is not only good for your body but also for
your mind. It can help clear your head, refocus and
ultimately be more productive."
Kathryn's top tips on how to plan for your lunchtime