Then there are the mornings. I leave the house at 6:30am nowadays - morning workouts aren't always possible either. Ok - they are possible on a weekday...if I get up at 3:30am AND provided I haven't had a 2am wakeup call with a midget. So - almost never possible.
But I do have lunch. But...lunch. That's when I read.
<insert virtual bitchslap here>
Lunch workouts have enough going for them that I decided to seriously consider them as a savior for the working momma.
1) Langdon is flat...but the neighbourhood where my office is has lovely tree-lined streets, hills and straightaways. I can do pretty much any kind of run and build more efficient workouts into each run.
2) If I workout at noon - I can lay in bed and read in the evenings (HUGE for me - read? sweat? Read will always win)
3) I have many coworkers who also enjoy getting their workouts in - instant partners
So I decided to bite the bullet and put together a Lunchhour Workout Survival Kit to keep in one of my drawers at work.
- baby wipes - for the post workout "shower"
- packable microfibre towel (if you have access to showers at work)
- extra socks
- extra shoes
- Tube of Nuun
- A couple of gels
- extra headband, hair elastics and clips
- several resistance bands
- extra yoga mat (I actually found super cheap, thin ones at Dollarama for $3)
To facilitate quick clothing changes - I pack my "normal" underwear in my bag and wear my workout ones. This way I can just slip on my capris, tank and socks and I am ready to go.
Now, for the types of workouts I can do from my office:
- Hill training through the neighbourhood
- 400m repeats along the flat asphalt path near my office
- Running the stairs by the c-train station (on nice days)
- Running the stairs of my building (on not so nice days)
- Playground circuit on the playground that can be seen from my window
- Plain ol' run around the neighbourhood
- Lunchtime walks for crosstraining (great for getting less-inclined coworkers to join you)
My coworker and I also found that the monthly workout challenges at Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans are great "coffee break workouts" You can usually complete the workout for the day in 5-10 minutes and they are super effective and use very little equipment.
Do you workout at work? What kinds of things do you do? Do you have any other suggestions for the workout survival kit that I may have missed?