Lunch Break Workout and Hygiene Recovery


     I wish I was a REAL morning person. I invision myself bounding out of bed at the sound of the alarm clock and going off for a run. Truth is, I really like to hit the snooze button and my work day begins at 7 a.m. so inspite of my good itentions I haven’t developed a regular morning exercise routine. Some mornings when I’m particularly well rested and ambitious I get the exercise out of the way before I begin my work days, but most of the time, it doesn’t happen.

     My evenings are very full of family activities, church functions, and social obligations, not to mention housework, errands, bill paying, and blogging. Some evenings I am able to squeeze in time for a workout or a power walk, but it’s hard finding time. So when do I work out? Whenever I can catch a spare minute. I’ve learned to make the most of little bits of time.

     My work day includes two fifteen minuite breaks and a half-hour lunch.  If I plan ahead I can use these breaks to get most of my fitness minutes in without sacrificing sleep or family time. I can do a 20 minuite shred video workout on lunch. During 15 minuite sessions I can get in a quick mile on the treadmill instead of being tempted to spend the time munching on more calories than I need.

     No treadmill, video player, or office gym? No problem. When that was my scenario, I kept a pair of running shoes in my bag along with a pedometer. The 15 minuite walk was around the parking lot. I’ve been known to keep a thighmaster and weights stashed under my desk.  You can read while using the thighmaster and no one even notices. The weights are a little more obvious but a quiet corner of a break room or a patch of ground outside on a pretty day is all you need to get in some reps. Workday work outs are totally doable for most of us and very rewarding  not only for weight-loss and fitness, but also for stress relief.

     There is however one question I always hear posed when I suggest a mid-day workout. How do you work-out hard enough to get benefits and not come back to the job looking like a sweaty mess? Since there likely won’t be time to shower and redo make-up and hair,  this can be a problem. I recently read an article full of great suggestions, tips, and tricks for getting office ready after the workout. Id’ like to share an excerpt from that emaxhealth article here.

Makeup advice from the pros

Looking good after a workout starts with selecting the right kind of make-up. Kevin James Bennett, a cosmetics expert for the International Esthetics Advisory Board of Leslie Baumann MD (dermatologist), suggests wearing makeup that can withstand the heat and sweat created during a vigorous workout. Choose a silicone-based foundation which not only is water-resistant, but will also be less likely to clog the pores and cause breakouts. Avoid oil-based cosmetics and look for products that are “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic.”

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A make-up with light coverage is also best, such as a lightweight tinted moisturizer, as heavier products with more pigment are also prone to clogging pores. Applying a primer first may also help keep makeup from sliding off. And if you exercise outdoors, always remember waterproof sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

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After the workout, use blotting paper sheets to get rid of shine. “You can dust on a bit of powder if you need it” says Rae Cosmetics founder Rachelle Rae, “but always blot first to keep the powder from caking, leaving you with a nice glow.”

Boscia blotting papers are perfect for after your afteroon workout. Get them in the Slimdown With Sandee Store.

Tips for Hair and Body

Did you know that a third of women surveyed in a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study cited hairstyle maintenance as a reason for skipping exercise? According to dermatologist Amy J. McMichael MD who led the study, the trend is especially prevalent in African-American women who use heat or chemical products to straighten hair.

Even the US Surgeon General herself understands. “If you go out and spend $40 to $50 to get your hair done, you don’t want to go out and get it all sweaty and wet that afternoon before you got to show if off,” Regina Benjamin said at a recent speaking engagement at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta. “Other ethnic groups would come up and say the same thing. I don’t think it’s limited to African American women.”

One solution that Miss America 2009 Katie Stam uses is a thick cloth headband which holds the hair back during exercise, soaks up perspiration, but doesn’t leave the air crimped as would a traditional ponytail elastic.

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Former Miss New York and Radio City Rockette Kandice Pelletier relies on dry shampoo to freshen up hair after a workout. The product can come as either an oil-absorbing powder you tap onto the scalp or in an aerosol that sprays an alcoholized version. Both drugstores and department stores sell a variety of brand options today. Using a diffuser to absorb dampness instead of a blow dryer can also maintain a hairstyle into the afternoon’s activities.

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For body sweat, you probably don’t have time for a full shower, so bring along some portable body wipes or have a quick sponge bath using cold water. Apply some deodorant and/or body powder with a fresh scent.

Athletes love Shower Pill body wipes for that quick after workout freshen-up.


More Advice for a Lunchtime Workout

Because the lunch hour is just a limited amount of time, what workouts give you the best bang for your buck (so to speak)? Intensity is key, notes Phil Tyne, director of the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center and former conditioning coach for the San Diego Chargers. “Research has shown that even just 15 minutes of exercise can net you nearly the same effects as 60 minutes of working out, if you increase the intensity,” he says. Try an interval program or circuit training program that combines cardio workouts with short bursts of resistance training.

As for lunch, it is best to eat after a workout rather than before. Opt for something light and low-fat, which is easier to digest after vigorous activity. If you have inadvertently skipped breakfast, or if you just need a little energy to get you through a workout, try a small “shot” of a protein shake or an energy bar before you exercise.

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     With this information in hand, you are all ready for the mid-day workout! Hope you enjoy trying  fun new ways to use those work breaks!


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