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Keeping Fitness Fun in the Summer: Lunchtime Walks

20 Aug 2008

So you’re having trouble exercising before and after work? Why not try to include something during work? Your lunch-break may be a good time to get some exercise on your way to pick up some fuel. For this mid-day workout, you’ll have to get outside on a mild, sunny day. You’ll take a break from work, loosen up, get some fresh air, and relax a little bit.

Be sure to set aside 20-30 minutes for a power-walk or moderate stroll. Start easy for 5 minutes for a warm-up, and then try a couple static stretches for your calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps, and hip flexors. Your legs will be thankful after hours of sitting at your desk, tight from immobility. Once you’ve stretched out, walk for another 15-20 minutes and repeat the same stretches you did for your warm-up. Depending on your fitness level, this may be a good active recovery session or cardio routine. Try it a couple times a week, throw it into your current exercise program as it relates to your goals, or do it whenever you can take a short break from work, and you’ll find yourself improving your flexibility and maybe even cardiovascular fitness!

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