No I am not advocating starving yourself, my tip for today is saying you should utilize that hour for activity versus eating!


Many of us work desk jobs and have one hour lunches. I can’t tell you how much my life has improved by going to the gym or outside for a run instead of eating my lunch in the break room. Here are a few tips for how to make this happen.

1. Plan your meals/snacks accordingly

I always plan an 11:00 a.m. snack so that I’m not starving through my lunch workout but I’m not stuffed either. I also plan meals that are easy to eat at my desk after ward. No tacos for this gal, I pack salads, soups, meals that I can put on my desk and eat forkfuls in between emails, documents and phone calls.

How fresh & delicious does this look?

Large salads are my favourite lunch

2. Find an Activity You Enjoy

My gym offers 40 minute lunch time classes and every day is a different class. Yoga, HIIT, Zumba, Cycle. I love the variety and I love the motivation I get in class. This makes it easier to motivate myself to go at lunch.

In nice weather, I am all about running outside in the nearest park.

Happiest run I've had in a long time!

Running outside is my favourite lunch time workout

3. Pack Accordingly

Before you leave in the mornings make sure you have your gym bag and that you have everything you need. Planning on going for a run? Make sure you have headphones and socks, Yoga? Remember your mat. Always have shoes. I have been stuck a few times where I didn’t pack shoes because it was yoga and I got a later start and would have gone for a run but didn’t have the shoes.

4. Try to Keep 1 p.m. Free of meetings

This isn’t always possible I know. But if you can, when scheduling meetings leave the block of 1- 1:30 p.m. free. This will give you time to eat, cool down, drink water and get back into a working frame of mind.

5. Let Co-workers Know your Plans

My co-workers know I go to the gym at lunch. And because they know, they try to make sure meetings are wrapped up by 12, they won’t stop in at 11:55 for a debrief, they understand why I run out of here at lightning speed right at noon. It’s also good motivation because if you opt to skip a workout you get asked “No gym today? Why aren’t you working out?”

Doesn't matter how tired I am, I've gotta strike a pose!

Me and some co-workers who also utilize lunch hour for working out

6. Stop worrying about your red face or messy hair!

This is a huge one! This is what keeps most women from doing a lunch time workout. They don’t want to come to work a sweaty mess. But I sometimes tell myself I’d rather be a fit sweaty mess than be perfectly quaffed and overweight. So stop worrying about it! The redness in your face will go away after about a half hour of working. As for the hair, on days I know I’m going to sweat a lot I style my hair in a ponytail or bun. On days where I won’t sweat as much (yoga, easy runs) I’ll wear my hair down to work and twist it up into a clip. The clip doesn’t leave a ponytail line in your hair after.

Use the gym hair dryer to dry up some of the sweat

Use the gym hair dryer to dry up some of the sweat

7. Be Flexible

This is the most important. You have to be flexible because your schedule is always changing. I’ll find myself in meetings that run late, or asked to business lunches or out with friends and you have to accept that these pop up once in a while. If you got out of work late and missed a class, still go to the gym and do your own workout on the floor.

Sitting at my desk (or couch) is all I ever do these days.

Sitting at work is rough. Lunch time workouts really help!


  • Kristin April 1, 2014 at 7:02 am

    These are really great tips and very important!! I love how positive you are and how important being happy is to you!! You’re so great!! Great insight!! 🙂

    • Betty LIVIN April 1, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Thanks Kristin! I truly appreciate your comments. Makes me feel good. 🙂 You rock!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities April 1, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Before working from home, I would always bring my lunch with me, and I would make sure to eat at a different location than my desk. The best is going outside, and just enjoying your food solo and taking in the fresh air and sights (even if it is of a building, lol)!! Anything to get your eyes away from the computer!

    • Betty LIVIN April 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Oh yeah! I have to get away from the computer no matter what!

  • northernambitions April 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I’ve never been good at mid-day lunch workouts, but these are good tips! Might be worth giving it a try again 🙂

    • Betty LIVIN April 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      It’s hard at first but once you get into a groove it’s easy. And I love it because then if something pops up after work I already got in a workout!

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