Tips For Working Out During the Work Day

13 Jun

Good Morning and happy Thursday!

Sadly I’m up SUPER bright and early this morning to get into work by 6:30am. I know. Yuck. Normally I’m barely downing my first cup of coffee by 6:30!

But by going in early, I’m also going to get to leave early so that I can head up to Washington, DC for the high school graduation of some dear family friends. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a high school graduation party – so this should definitely be interesting!


Working Out At Work

Anyway, I wanted to talk to you guys about how to work out during work hours.

As many of you may know, since I started my new job in March, I’ve been really lucky in that a) we have a gym very close to our office that we can utilize, and b) many of my coworkers go during their lunch breaks.

Because of this, I’ve been able to go to the gym at least 2 days a week during the work day to get in an hour long workout (I take Tuesdays and Thursdays, and switch off with my coworkers for MWF so that someone is always in the office during the lunch hour).

Over these past few months I’ve learned a few tips and tricks on how to work out in the middle of the day, and still be professional when you return.

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1. Neatly Fold Your Clothes When You Change

Whether your changing in the locker room at the gym, or in the bathroom in your office (which is usually what I do), the best thing to do is to do your very best to fold or hang your clothes.

That way, once you return from your workout you can change out of your gym clothes and back into your work clothes without looking like a wrinkled mess. It may also be a good idea to bring extra undergarments as well (TMI maybe, but you all know it’s true.)

2. If You Cant Shower, Bring Some Body Wipes

I, personally, don’t shower after a work out during my lunch break. Because if I did, I’d use up half my gym time showering, drying my hair, and reapplying makeup. MAYBE this will change once the summer really hits, but right now I just don’t think it’s worth it.

However, I’m not about to put on my work clothes when I’m gross and sweaty.  So I’ve started brining some body wipes to wipe down with. I personally like the simple wipes (even though they are facial wipes), but my coworker has recommended baby wipes which I might have to try next too.

A light body spray can also be a good idea if you’re feeling insecure about how you smell or share close quarters. Just be careful you don’t pick something with an overwhelming scent!


3. Make Sure To Bring Your Morning Essentials (i.e. Deodorant)

Do not, I repeat DO NOT, forget to bring deodorant with you. No one wants to smell you after a workout. It sounds like common sense, but I can’t repeat the importance of this one enough.


4. Reapply Basic Makeup (but don’t go overboard)

If you’re a makeup person, make sure you bring a few essentials. Unless you get sweaty enough to completely wash your face, you probably don’t need to apply EVERYTHING again. Plus, that can take a few extra minutes away from your workout!

Instead, focus on a few things that will really brighten up your face. Use some oil sheets to wipe off the excess (and maybe even powder if you’re super shiny), mascara and some lip product. Everything else can get really cakey over a sweaty face, and no one wants that.


5. Learn The Wonders of Dry Shampoo And Hairspray

Seriously dry shampoo can be your best friend. If you haven’t bought some, I definitely recommend checking it out. Plus, it’s usually like $3-4 so it certainly wont break the bank. It will not only sop up the oils and/or sweat in your hair, but most will add some volume and life back into it too.

The other option (which I often do because I’m lazy) is to bring some hairspray and put your hair up into a nice classy ponytail, braid, or simple updo that looks professional in your work place (oh how I wish I could get away with a messy bun sometimes!).

Since I have super fine hair that often goes a little lifeless when it gets sweaty, this seems to work best for me.

6. Be Considerate Of Your Office Mates

When it comes down to it, make sure you talk to your office mates about your gym habits, especially if you are in close quarters. Know your office’s policy on lunch hours and how many people need to be in your office (for example, I switch off with my other coworkers during the week to make sure that there are always people in the office).

In general, just remember that your job does come first. You certainly don’t want to get in trouble or lose your job over a workout! Be courteous, be back on time, and don’t smell like the homeless man outside your building!


I hope this helps any of you who were considering the possibility of working out during the day. I’d love to hear any other tips that you all have for how you stay clean and professional during work-day workouts!

So tell me: Do you workout during the workday? If so, any tips for staying professional?


8 Responses to “Tips For Working Out During the Work Day”

  1. Taryn June 13, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Hah, I feel like I sweat too much to be able to do this, but major props to you for making it work! I do want to try out the dry shampoo, though.. there are just some days when I don’t feel like washing/doing my hair, and that would be a HUGE help.

    • MyFreckledLife June 13, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Honestly, the body wipes make a major difference so you dont look (or smell) sweaty anymore! But yes, dry shampoo is seriously a lifesaver sometimes! And the best part is, it’s super cheap!

  2. Chelsea Eats Treats June 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    There is a branch of my gym LITERALLY across the street from my office, but I don’t think I could be away from my desk that long in the middle of the day 😦

    • MyFreckledLife June 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Yea, I spend about 5 minutes going to the gym, 40 min (or so) working out, 5 min back, and 10 min to change. The only sucky part is it means giving up your lunch “break”, which is part of the reason I only go 2 days a week. But it is at least a nice way to get a little bit of sweating in during the day (and get up off my tush!)

  3. di @ life of di. June 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I wish I could work out on my lunch hour! I would honestly prefer that. I would probably still workout a bit in the morning but I think a lunchtime workout would be a nice way to ‘recharge’ midday. Too bad I can’t go on a run while the kiddos nap during the day. I guess I’d be a pretty bad nanny if I did that 🙂

    • MyFreckledLife June 14, 2013 at 6:02 am #

      Haha, yea… that might not go over so well with the parents!! But I agree – I love breaking up my day with a workout!

  4. IHeartVegetables June 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I rinse off in the shower, but don’t dry my hair. It’s the only way I can cool down!! These are great tips though 🙂 I LOVE dry shampoo!

    • MyFreckledLife June 14, 2013 at 6:03 am #

      I’m pretty convinced dry shampoo is the best invention ever. And I wish I could get away with that. My hair would be a hot mess if I didn’t dry and style it.

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