Work Out in the Midday
I like to run twice a day, 5-6 times a week. This means that I run during my lunch break at work. There's nothing I would rather do to rest my eyes (from staring into excel spreadsheets) than get in a great workout!
I find that running is meditative. It allows me to take a break in the middle of a stressful day and calm my mind. Sometimes, I'm worried about an upcoming presentation or some problem I have to fix, and running fast enough on the treadmill pushes all of those thoughts out of my head. And sometimes it's actually the running that leads me to the solution.
I don't always run. Sometimes I stretch if my body feels particularly tight or tired. It's important to recognize the hints your body is giving you so you can avoid any injury. That's something I actually learned from Jon. Because he is an athlete, he is always concerned with preserving his body to perform at it's best. An injury might not just put you out of a match, but it could derail your whole training regimen -- potentially affecting an entire season.
I barely used to stretch after my runs, but now I methodically take at least 15 minutes after each workout to do so. Stretching makes a huge difference in the way your body feels hours later, in addition to the way you'll feel when you step into your next workout.
Another benefit from running in the midday is that it allows me to gauge my hunger and eat the right amount of food for lunch. It's hard to tell how much food your body needs if you haven't exerted a lot of energy. It's also great to recharge the body with nutritious, healthy foods so you can recover quickly.
Lunch hour is the perfect time to run because you can get it out of the way and then relax at home after work. The evening is the time that I can spend with Jon after our busy days and I want to enjoy it! We like to cook and eat dinner together while catching up on what happened that day.
Including a workout as part of your work day streamlines your schedule and adds in a moment of much needed peace. It means you'll have added time in the evening to enjoy with friends and family, knowing you've been healthy and productive all day long!