The Shameful, Beneficial Midday Workout

Exercising during business hours makes sense—if you can stand the guilt
Companies encourage exercise, so why does the daytime workout feel so sneaky? Photograph by Kevin Van Aelst

It’s 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and while my co-workers are toiling away at their desks, I’m in a tank top and sneakers, halfway through a workout on an elliptical machine. I’m worried my editor is trying to get ahold of me. I hope I haven’t forgotten any scheduled meetings. I have 40 more minutes until I have to rush back to the office. I haven’t eaten lunch.

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