When your schedule is packed with work, family, and having a social life, sometimes it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to squeeze in a workout. If heading to the gym for an hour just doesn’t fit within your hectic lifestyle right now, try a quick, 25-minute cardio workout to get your blood pumping!
If there’s one thing Rebecca Broxterman Stanton knows how to do, it’s make the most out of her time. That’s why she’s built her fitness app and career on developing bite-sized workouts that anyone can do in any amount of time they have available. Whether you’ve gone back to the office in-person or are still working from home, Stanton says if you’ve got a lunch break, you’ve got time to work out. Before you run away from the very thought, trust us, it’s easier than you think!
Stanton, who is known by her Instagram followers as Rebecca Brox Fit, is all about removing intimidation from fitness, which is why she developed many of her workouts specifically to be equipment-free.
“Most of my clients are on the go, working moms, or stay-at-home moms, or crazy busy with their kiddos, so the quick programs developed from that,” Stanton says.
A lot of her clients are celebrities, like Meghan Trainor and Tiffani Amber Thiessen, so it’s safe to say Stanton knows how to craft effective workouts for people with busy schedules. The quick workouts in her app range anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, so there’s something to choose from, no matter how little time you have on hand.
Here are Stanton’s favorite ways to stay in shape during a lunch break, no matter where you work or what the weather looks like outside your window.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to avoid working out during your lunch break because you’re afraid of looking totally wiped out by the time you get back to your desk.
“You don’t have to break a sweat, it can be a 30 minute walk outside, it can be standing up from your desk, moving your arms around. Movement is movement, it doesn’t have to be a whole lot,” Stanton promises.
People often don’t give cardio enough credit, Stanton says, noting that walking counts as cardio. “I’m not saying everyone should run thousands of miles a day, but just moving for 30 minutes a day and just walking is such a game changer,” she says.
If you do work in an office and don’t feel comfortable whipping out your yoga mat at your cubicle, going up and down the stairs in the lobby or walking around the parking lot counts as a workout.
But if you do want to get in a total body workout during the workday, Stanton’s workouts are specifically designed to be done in small spaces, ideal for those who work from home and want to get in a lunchtime workout.
Stanton recommends trying out these quick workouts in her fitness app if you have 25 minutes to spare:
Stanton’s “25-Min Cardio & Core” will get your heart rate up and includes burpees, light jogging, mountain climbers, and more.“This one isn’t too strenuous,” says Stanton, noting it’s perfect for getting in a strong workout without breaking a huge sweat.
Another great lunchtime workout is her “25-Min Full Body” workout, which is all bodyweight, so no equipment is necessary. “There is some core in there, some lunges, and planks,” Stanton says, so you’ll get a bit of everything.
If you’ve never worked out before or haven’t been on a fitness routine for a while now, Stanton suggests working out two to three times per week with videos from her fitness app.
“Pick two of those [quick workouts] and add one or two days of just cardio, where you’re getting outside and walking for 30 minutes, going for a 30 minute jog, or just marching in place for 30 minutes,” Stanton says. “You don’t want to burn yourself out and go hard in the paint for a week and then get injured and can’t do anything.”
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Brittany Leitner is an award winning poet and journalist who specializes in health, wellness, beauty, and travel writing. She previously held editorial positions as the senior lifestyle editor of Elite Daily and the managing editor of DoctorOz.com. She's currently based in Brooklyn, New York.