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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 the country.

 

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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 their day.

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," Kathryn said.

 

"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 workout session:

 

  • Chat with your manager/ supervisor if you need permission to take a longer lunch
    break. You could make up the time another day or work back
  • Block out time in your diary
  • Have a towel and toiletries in your desk drawer or locker
  • Don't forget to pack your exercise gear including footwear - don't forget the socks!