The Rugby World Cup has well and truly kicked off. From England’s steady opening on Friday night to Japan’s historic upset on Saturday, the country has been captivated by the sight of these colossal, scantily-clad men ferociously fighting over an egg.  For many, it’s a chance to gather in one of London’s fine establishments and spend an afternoon revelling in top-class sporting entertainment. The great irony is that most of us will engage with this celebration of physical competition while being sedentary ourselves, often with an alcoholic drink in hand to wash it down.

It’s been thought that hosting this Rugby World Cup will encourage many to join local teams in London and across the UK. But what will the World Cup’s legacy be for those who really don’t fancy putting themselves through rugby’s very particular physical demands? An expanded waistline and hoarse voice courtesy of some long Saturdays down the pub?

Professional athletes can, of course, dedicate their entire day to honing their physiques, while the rest of us have the small matter of work to attend to.

Watching these leading athletes should inspire us to look at our own health and wellbeing. Professional athletes can, of course, dedicate their entire day to honing their physiques, while the rest of us have the small matter of work to attend to. But let’s not look for excuses here. That’s not what Chris Robshaw and the boys would want. We offer some suggestions here to help integrate fitness into your working day and kick that bloated belly into touch.

The ideal time for integrating fitness into your daily routine is, as we know, first thing in the morning. It’s the perfect time to release endorphins and set you up, mentally and physically, for a productive day ahead. If darker, colder Autumn mornings under a warm duvet make this an impossibility, then why not try your lunchbreak? There are a number of gyms across London that offer micro-sessions – perfect for squeezing into your lunch hour. It’s a ‘new thing’, so check out Frame, Fitness First and LAFitness for more information about this ‘abbreviated fitness’ trend. Our blog ‘10,000 hours in London on your lunchbreak’ has more ideas about how to raise your heart-rate in under sixty minutes.  

Working up a sweat is not the only way to improve your health during your lunchbreak. After a tough morning in the office, it can be tempting to reach for the most convenient food regardless of the calorific content. The success of a number of fast food giants in urban settings has been based precisely on this worker lethargy. If you’ve been inspired by the Great British Bake-off (#GBBO) and enjoy a little time dabbling in the kitchen, why not prepare yourself a nutritious but delicious lunch the night before? Check out the Guardian’s list of five healthy lunches to take to work.

Channel your inner Wilkinson…

The lunchbreak is not the only option for fitting fitness into your working day though. ‘Deskercise’ is the latest trend sweeping across the City’s dynamic, healthy work places. Whether it be mastering the ‘desk squat’ or partaking in the ‘Grim Reamer’ (placing a ream of paper between your knees and pressing your legs inwards to engage the inner thighs), there are a number of minxy ways to work out while working in. Look out for our next blog…

England’s pivotal match with Wales this Saturday will go a long way to defining their chances of progressing in the tournament. But will the game have any effect on your own personal progression? What’s clear is that a solid and yet creative gameplan is vital for both. It might be time to channel your inner Wilkinson, step back into the pocket and shoot for your own fitness drop-goal. Tell us your plans?

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