Whether you sneak in movement over lunch, before the sun rises, after 9PM, once a week or once a month, any time you fit fitness into your busy schedule matters.
Fit fitness in better:
- Organize a group of friends, family or coworkers to move together
If your coworkers, friends or family don’t currently move together, see if you can start a new sweat movement. Start by asking around, and seeing who would be interested in sharing your goal of moving more.
At Vega HQ, lunchtime workouts help our Vegatopians move better. A fitness committee, formed organically from all departments, helps to organize trainers and instructors—both Vega employees and members of our community, to come in for workouts at lunch time or immediately after work. From hip hop to bootcamp to yoga to self-defense to boxing, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the instructors and frequent attendees have tips and tricks for fitting fitness in that we just couldn’t wait to share!
- Try out a new time of day
Accounts Receivable Coordinator Laura struggles to fit in movement outside of work. “I have a 4 year old and a husband, and life gets in the way. Being able do a quick workout at lunch time means I’m happier, more fit, and most importantly, have more energy. It helps me and it helps my family. When I take that time for myself during the day, it means I have more, better quality time outside of work.”
R&D Technologist Jacqueline finds taking time in the middle of the day helps improve her work. “I love working out at lunchtime because it gives me a really good energy boost in the middle of the day. Going to bootcamp or yoga helps me a lot to focus. Sometimes in the afternoon I feel a drain of energy, and I think doing a workout helps you to not feel that energy drop.”
- Schedule it in
Next to meetings, afterschool pickup and a night out with friends, set aside time for yourself to move your body in a way that feels good to you. Lunchtime workout regular Alex in Sales says he has to make moving a priority. “It’s important for me. I’ve had school twice a week, plus work and my rec league team meant more than three days a week that are completely full. I know how much better my body feels when I work out, so I schedule that time in. When I work out consistently my mind is clearer and I physically feel better. That’s one of the main reasons I do a workout mid-day. Clears my mind and makes me feel better.”
- Get creative with your time
Sometimes finding 30 minutes—in work or life—is near impossible. QA Facilities Manager Lynette digs Squat o’ Clock. “At 2PM on Mondays, we all do 2 minutes of squats. It’s pretty awesome. And even just two minutes can help build strength! I was away for a couple of weeks, and once I got back I could tell I wasn’t as strong. It really feels good to feel your strength improving, even with a small amount of time investment.”
Have only one minute? Start with one of these five options by blogger and mother Kristen of STUFTMAMA even once a week.
- Don’t worry about being judged in group exercise class
Certified personal trainer and Office Manager Lorelle teaches bootcamp at least once a week at Vega HQ. “It’s my goal to always offer something for everyone—for all varieties of skill levels. We’re a very encouraging environment. Faster people will hang back to make sure they cross the finish line at the same time. The important thing is that you’re coming out and doing it. No one is judging you. Everyone is there to have fun and do it together.”
And watch out—you just might become hooked!
Collections Clerk Dwayne started working out at bootcamp when he joined Vega. “And then as the weather got better, my department started a running club. For a while these were my main workouts. But now I want more. I’m in decent shape, but I’m inspired by those around me that are in GREAT shape. It’s given me motivation to get back in better shape, and now that the weather’s nice, I want more—I’ve started adding a spin class after work and a couple of seawall runs on top of coaching my daughter’s baseball team.”
How do you fit fitness in?