When it comes to fostering healthy habits and managing stress, embracing lunch break fitness can be key, according to personal trainers.
22 May 2019| Last updated on 23 May 2019
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From millennials and tech moguls, to charity chiefs and medical staff, it seems no one’s immune to workplace stress.
But just because being frazzled and overwhelmed has become ‘the norm’, doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it.
Every situation is different and if workplace wellbeing is seriously off kilter, then it might be time for a good chat with your GP, line manager and HR department. A lot of the time though, looking at what we’re doing to help manage stress in our own lives can make a world of difference – and little and often is key, which is why turning your lunch break into ‘active time’ can be transformative.
“Exercise is a great way to improve wellbeing, make you feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive. It’s also powerful medicine for many mental health challenges,” says Jack Mousley, co-founder and personal trainer at Onyx (onyxlondon.co.uk), who have teamed up with Red Bull on their Active When On Lunch (AWOL) campaign.
6 top tips for getting started
Want to be a bit more AWOL? Fellow Onyx co-founder and trainer Craig Earl, shares these top tips…
1. Join a gym that is close to work
My biggest tip for this is to go into the gym with a plan. The chances are you will only have 30-45 minutes to squeeze in a workout during lunch, so you don’t want to be wasting time thinking about what you’re going to do. Focus on using free weights or body weight rather than seated machines, as there’s plenty of time to sit down during work.
If you’re not a fan of the local gym, then get your trainers on and go for a run. Aim for at least 30 minutes, even if it’s a blend of walking and running.
3. Body weight exercises
Think lunges, push-ups, mountain climbers, squat jumps and burpees. You don’t need too much space to perform these movements, and they are a great way to improve your strength, mobility and coordination.
A skipping rope fits easily into a bag or pocket. Skipping is a great full-body workout and a great way to improve fitness and muscle tone. It’s also less jolting on the knees than running, making it perfect for all fitness levels.
6. Go for a walk
I think we’ve almost forgotten that being active doesn’t always mean you have to go to the gym or for a run. Work can be a stressful environment, so get out for a walk, put your headphones on and listen to your favourite podcast or album. Look to go for at least 30 minutes. Physically and mentally, your body will thank you for this.
For more info about Red Bull’s Active When On Lunch (AWOL) campaign, plus lots of workout tips and videos, visit cartoons.redbull.com/gb-en/active-when-on-lunch.