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. But it can sometimes be a challenge to use this precious time to exercise.
Here are a couple ideas to assist you in increasing your motivation to do some physical activity 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). This will also prevent meetings being scheduled during this time period.
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 Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC (8-1-1). 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.
Keep positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING!