Ah it’s almost the lunch hour, and I have this burning desire to break away from work and sneak in a hot, steamy…workout! This is a mommy blog where did you think this was going? Nooners! The concept of a nooner workout is nothing new to me, however the past few months I decided to embark on some uncharted territory, mid-day workouts at the office.
The double duty drop-off at school and pick-up a few days a week has really started to affect my ability to fit in exercising. Waiting till 9:30 at night to hit the treadmill in the basement is now next to impossible, and I have zero energy after Caleb’s asleep. Something had to change on my double duty days. What was a girl to do? Join the gym at work! This is a simple solution, right? Not really! Let me tell you it has been quite an adjustment.
Nooner at Home vs. Nooner at Work
There is a significant difference between a nooner at home and a nooner at work. Let me paint a little picture for you ladies.
A Nooner at Home: Wake-up. Change. Work. Nooner Workout. Work. Shower.
A Nooner at Work: Wake-up. Pack workout clothes, make-up, brush, perfume, hair tie, soap, sneakers, iPhone holder, headphones. Double check if you forgot anything. Shower. Blow dry hair. Apply make-up. Work. Nooner Workout. Repeat! Shower. Blow dry hair. Apply makeup. Get back to work. You get the point.
Yes ladies you have to get yourself ready all over again just six hours later. What a pain in the a _ _! I have to admit this is the one part I hate, but I have managed to figure out how to cut some corners and make it easier.
The Art of the Hour and Etiquette
The planning, prepping, science to monitoring the clock and cutting all the right corners to get back to my desk for a meeting has taken months of perfection. And then there is also the adjustment of being in a locker rooms with co-workers, on a treadmill next to your boss, or stretching right smack dab next to “Joe” from team blah blah. What do you talk about? Do you talk at all? Was this the right choice of shorts for today? Are they too tight/appropriate? How will I shower fast? Where should I change? Who am I going to run into? Do I care? Guess what? No one cares, and I certainly don’t anymore! Everyone is there for the same reason, to burn off some steam, stay healthy and most importantly fit it in no matter what.
Breaking away during the day really gives your brain a chance to re-set and come back to the office more focused, and if you can get outside even better. Now that I am over the adjustment hump I really look forward to the hour to breathe in fresh air, sunlight, and just get moving. Sometimes I may figure out a solution to a problem where I am blocked, or even a new idea (but for god’ sake don’t talk about it with Joe from team blah blah).
Here’s another benefit, doubles! If you want to get in a weight training nooner and are lucky enough to have a window after work to do cardio, you have a double! Trust me, this does not happen often, but I take advantage of it when I can.
My guess is there are some ladies out there not taking on the nooner workout when they are in the office. This may be just for the shear fact that you have to shower all over again, pack, and quite frankly endure being surrounded by co-workers. Maybe you’re too busy and can’t imagine being able to break away. I encourage you to try to block the time on your calendar, even if it’s just twice a week, your mind and body will thank you. Also, if you are like me and have taken on the nooner workout, I would love to hear tips on how you are making it work.
Erin has worked in the healthcare insurance industry for over 12 years in various different roles including product management, marketing, and communications. Currently she is a Business Communications Manager at Cigna.
She is passionate about road cycling, running, soccer, sports, and rarely stays idle. Erin loves music, and lives for a good concert. Often times you will find Erin blasting a soundtrack for the day, finding a lyrical correlation to an experience or dancing it out in the kitchen with her son.
"Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future, and faith is the courage to dance it today." -Random wall hanging in her kitchen that holds true to Erin's philosophy about running her life.