Making Your Lunch Hour Count

Fitting a quick lunch-hour workout into your daily schedule can relieve stress, make you a more productive employee and set the tone for a successful afternoon at the office.

According to Mike Lofland, director of the Texas Health Fitness Center and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, individuals who exercise during their lunch hour are less stressed, more productive and creative, and less likely to use sick days.

“Midday exercise is positive for both employees and employers and can reduce turnover,” Lofland says. “For people who work sedentary jobs, even a three- to five-minute stretching break is enough to increase productivity.”

When employees are pressed for time, Lofland recommends taking a short walk on a treadmill or participating in one of the Texas Health Fitness Center HEB’s yoga classes.

“If you come to the gym and run for 40 minutes, you’ll have to shower afterwards, and frankly, most people won’t take the time,” Lofland says. “But at yoga class, you will receive many benefits, including stress reduction and improved relaxation techniques, without breaking a sweat.”

At the Texas Health Fitness Center HEB, yoga, spinning and bootcamp classes are among the popular group exercise options. A full range of cardiac and weight-lifting equipment is also available, and the center is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate a variety of schedules.

To learn more about the Texas Health Fitness Center HEB, visit TexasHealth.org/HEB-Fitness.

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