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Lunch break workouts the answer for busy workers

2 August 2011 - 6:04pm

Most people struggle to find the enthusiasm to exercise, let alone the time.

The common problem is that a typical working day normally calls for exercise to be done either early in the morning or in the evening, when energy levels are often low.

This is especially relevant for working parents who need to drop kids off at school in the morning and pick them up and get ready for dinner in the afternoon.

However, many people are discovering the benefit of using their lunch hour for a quick bout of activity.

Lunch hour exercises can be anything from a quick run around the block to a group Pilates class.

Whilst some people may not think that a lunch break offers enough workout time to achieve a benefit, one study argues otherwise.

New research by Jacob Sattelmair of the Harvard School of Public Health has shown that 30 minutes of activity a day for five days can reduce a person's overall risk of heart disease by 14 per cent.

Lunch break workouts can also form part of a healthy work environment - in addition to corporate health insurance for employees.

Bosses might want to think about regular office exercise regimes that don't disrupt productivity and keep staff in better health.