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Top tips for making the most of your lunchtime workout

March 27, 2015
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Finding the time to workout can prove difficult, especially in the week when it's difficult enough to balance work and a social life. Lunchtime workouts have becoming increasingly popular with most gyms offering classes that last around half an hour, but it can still feel like a rush to work out effectively. Personal trainer Emily Hargreaves reveals her top tips for maximising your time so you can make the most of your lunchtime workout...

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Emily revealed her top tips for making the most of your workout

Plan your wardrobe

Part of what slows us down when trying to fit in a quick workout is changing in and out of gym gear. Having loose clothing to change into after your session saves time, rather than trying to wriggle back into tight clothes such as skinny jeans when you're still slightly damp from the shower.

Choose your workout wisely

A quick 20 or 30 minute burst of high-intensity exercise is all you need to have an effective workout. It's a great way to burn fat, tone up and maximise your fitness levels. High intensity can be in the form of an exercise class, a circuit of exercises designed to get your heart rate up at the gym.

Think about where you stand in class

Whether you're on a yoga mat or a spinning bike, one way to save time is to position yourself near the studio door. That way you can make a quick exit at the end of the class or even a few minutes early, and you'll have first dibs on the showers.

Plan your beauty look for the afternoon

A high-intensity workout raises your metabolism and your core temperature so it can take a while to stop sweating long enough to reapply your make-up, but just turning your post-workout shower cold for the last couple of minutes can really help with that. If you can’t face the icy blast of the shower, then a cooling mist spray, pocket fan or even blasting the cool setting on your hairdryer on to your face can help to normalise your temperature.

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