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Increasing Motivation for Lunch Time Exercise

August 22, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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I would like to thank Kincaid42 for the response to my first blog. This is very common! Nevertheless, for individuals with demanding jobs and families the lunch time is one of the best times to exercise without having to worry about life's demands.

Here are a couple ideas to assist you in increasing your motivation to exercise during lunch:

A. Schedule activity into your preferred scheduling device/calendar during your daily lunch time (this will ensure to keep activity on the brain when lunch time approaches as well as throughout the week as other meetings and commitments arise).

B. Place Post It Notes on your desk and around your office reminding you to be active at lunch (e.g. Lunch Time = Exercise + Stress Relief + MY TIME!)

C. If you have meeting conflicts during lunch hour, suggest Active Meetings (e.g. walk and talks etc.)!

D. Physical Activity is amazing at reducing stress and increasing positive mood states. This being said, start changing your mindset to utilize physical activity as a tool to get through the second half of your day with more energy, more smiles, more mental clarity and more productivity!

E. Contact the Physical Activity Line: They will assist you in increasing your motivation during your lows and can also provide quick, easy, and very effective exercises to do during lunch.

I encourage you (the readers) to post the tips and tricks you have used to increase your lunch time activity! Keep positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING!

- Marc Faktor | CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® with the Physical Activity Line

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Comments (4)

HeatherB

Posted on Monday August 22, 2011 a 11:07am

Thanks for the great tips Marc! One of the best and most reliable ways I have found to stay committed to a lunch time exercise regime is to schedule my gym session and runs with friends. When my training partner pops into my office in her shorts and says 'You Ready?', it is an offer I rarely turn down. Having a partner makes physical activity so much more enjoyable. Happy trails!

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HealthyFamilies BC

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2011 a 3:50pm

First off you are very welcome! Secondly, I think that your strategy is one of the best out there and I did notice that I left this out, so thank you very much for sharing this very valuable tip! Lots of evidence shows that co-workers, friends, and family can act as some of the best social supports to assist individuals in increasing and maintaining activity. KEEP THIS UP! If anyone is reading this and they don't have a training partner, I would encourage you to find one and enter into an agreement that promotes activity for both of you. Readers: Keep sharing your tips and keep MOVING! Sincerely, Marc

Tonya

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2011 a 9:11am

I am able to bring my dog into work, and he always demands a lunchtime walk. This ensures I get outside when I wouldn't normally go out and get exercise.

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HealthyFamilies BC

Posted on Tuesday August 23, 2011 a 3:49pm

Tonya, I want to commend you on this awesome motivator! Lots of research shows that individuals who have dogs are more active and have improved quality of life than non-dog owners (in most cases). Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing your tips! Readers: Keep sharing your tricks and remember, Every Step COUNTS! Sincerely, Marc

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