As a full-time professional fitting in the training for triathlon would not work if I didn't include lunch time workouts in my schedule. Generally I complete my swim workouts during the lunch time but I have done other workouts on occasion. Today I realized that many people probably find it to be a challenge to fit a workout in during your lunch break. Here are my tips!
1) Be efficient - plan your locker room usage so that you are most efficient. If the mirrors are between the showers and your locker, then complete your tasks at the mirrors before moving on to your locker. At my gym, the showers are closest to the pool doors. This means that I take all of my shower gear into the pool area so that when I am finished I can walk to the showers and not walk past the showers to my locker and then back to the showers. Walking back and forth through out the locker room adds unnecessary time that you don't have!
2) Use quality products - look for products that allow you to multitask. I don't hide my love of TriSwim products. I utilize the shampoo and body wash whenever I swim. On days when I'm really rushed I will just use the shampoo lather to wash both my hair and body!
3) Find a go-to style - how can you style your hair quickly and professionally. In other words, don't style your hair in the most complex style possible on days you are working out at lunch! Whether I have a short style or a little longer style, I simply dry my hair straight. It's simple and quick and works for my style. If I have big meetings later in the day then I might break out my straightener and redo my morning style.
4) Use multiple tools - there is no reason you can't use the hand dryer and your blow dryer at the same time to speed up drying your hair! Make sure if you are using styling tools that you plug them in when you start drying your hair so that they are nice and hot when you are ready for them.
5) Consider applying makeup back at your office. I'm usually still sweating as I finish up in the locker room and in the summer I continue to sweat in the hot car for my drive back to the office. That means it makes more sense to apply makeup back at my office after I've had a chance to cool off a little!
Most days I can get into the gym, swim a 2000 yd workout, and then get ready within an hour to just over an hour. It really all depends on how social the swim workout is not on my getting ready process! I keep my time in the locker room as efficient as possible so that the majority of my time at the gym is spent on working out. Hope this helps inspire you to give lunch workouts a try!