What sport to play during the lunch break?

Ideal for recharging batteries, changing your mind and getting some fresh air, sports during the lunch break is a great idea. But what activity to adopt? Answers with  sports coach.

Almost one in two  people play sports more than once a month. 48% of athletes choose walking and running, activities that are very common in everyday life. In addition to lowering blood pressure and heart rate, sport improves self-esteem and takes care of one's mental health.

At lunch time, physical activity helps to revive the body and limit physical inactivity if you work in offices. If you have a job that forces you to stay up right or active all the time, a little sport during the break also has its benefits. You will work your muscles and wake up your joints. However, the recommended type of exercise is not the same.
What activity to do if you work in the office?

Working at your desk involves sitting for about 8 hours a day. The body is not at all solicited. "Doing a little exercise between noon and two speeds up your heart rate, decompresss, activates your metabolism, restarts the circuits, and releases toxins," says sport coach, sports coach for Just Coaching. He recommends exercising between 30 and 45 minutes, two to three times a week. But ..

which activity to choose?

  • A well-paced exercise circuit. "We start with the sheathing, for example the board to work the abs and protect the back and belly. Then, we work the lower part with leg bends (so-called squats) or slits, and the upper part, with pumps on the feet or on the knees,"
  •     Active walking or jogging. "These two activities oxygenate the mind, reduce anxiety and the risk of burn out," the specialist enumerates. "There is no risk of fatigue in the afternoon as long as you stay on a gentle pace, at 60% of your maximum capacity."

What activity if you are dynamic at work?

People who are already very active at work do not need to play sports to speed up their heart rate. They might get tired! However, coach still advises to exercise, more precisely stretching, to work the flexibility of the body and focus on the muscles required during the work day. "Someone who works in childcare and carries children can concentrate on their arms to prepare their bodies," he explains.

Here are some examples of stretching:

  • To stretch the back of the thighs: standing with your feet together and your legs outstretched, you tip forward, trying to touch your feet. "It also helps to relieve lower back pain, often due to lack of flexibility," explains the specialist.
  •     To stretch the shoulders: gently, we make circular movements forward and backward, not to mention the second shoulder.
  •     To relax the neck: the head is turned slightly from left to right, while keeping the bust straight.

Should certain sports be avoided?

During the lunch break, not all sports are necessarily welcome. "It's on a case-by-case basis and on a level-by-level basis, but I don't recommend sports that require a lot of resources and effort," says the sports expert. It is better to avoid splitting, swimming or tennis... At the risk of getting tired and having the batteries flat for the rest of the day." In other words, we are moving towards an activity according to our sedentary nature and we practice it smoothly.

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