Want More Energy Throughout Your Day – Work In vs. Work Out

Want More Energy Throughout Your Day – Work In vs. Work Out

As busy women we often want to make the most out of our exercise time.  This causes us to push our workouts to the max with lots of high intensity exercise.  Unfortunately, this can leave us MORE stressed, MORE depleted, MORE tired and ultimately, lead to weight gain, fatigue and injury.  The exact opposite of what we want our exercise programs to be doing for us!

Fortunately, there is an easy solution.  An exercise routine that leaves you energized, stronger and more confident in your abilities.  Its called Working In.

Working In works by slowing down your exercises to match your breathing pattern.  This does several things:

  • It oxygenates your blood and muscles.  When we’re stressed, as is common with our packed schedules, we breathe shallow, only getting 60% of the oxygen our body requires.  Working In brings your focus to your breathing pattern, allowing you to fully fill your lungs (this has the added benefit of reducing respiratory illnesses too!) and maximize your oxygen level in your body.  This leaves you feeling energized all day long!
  • It reduces your stress hormones.  Working In requires you to move slowly, as you’re moving with your breathing pattern.  This naturally lowers cortisol, insulin and adrenaline levels in the body bringing them back into balance.  The added benefit…..with stress hormones lower, you’ll burn more fat and boost your metabolism, helping you to lose weight, especially weight around your mid-section!  Good-bye Mummy Tummy!
  • It strengthens and tones.  Working In means you’re lifting weights or your own body weight at a much slower rate than normal.  This keeps your muscles under tension longer than during a typical strengthening workout.  The more time you keep your muscles tight, the stronger you’ll get over time with reduced stress on your joints!
  • It benefits beginners and experienced exercisers alike.  Working In allows you to slow down each exercise so you can focus on form, how your body feels during movement and reduces the chance of injury.

Here is a link to a 20 minute Work In exercise routine that you can do in the comfort of your own home:  http://youtu.be/NJuGMFLh7nM

Working In

Remember to move with your own breathing pattern.

I’ve also posted an exercise schedule below that you can follow for 4-6 weeks that will have you feeling:

  • stronger and more toned
  • energized
  • less stressed
  • pounds lighter
  • more rested

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Rest Day 30 minute Strengthening Workout (Work In) * Optional            

10 minute flexibility  20 – 45 minute cardio

30 minute Strengthening Workout (Work In) * Optional             

10 minute flexibility  20 – 45 minute cardio

30 minute Strengthening Workout (Work In) * Optional             

10 minute flexibility  20 – 45 minute cardio

The Work In workout is attached above.

The 10 minute flexibility workout: stretch just those muscles that are tight

The 20-45 minute cardio workout is optional.  If you have time, do it!  Choose exercises you like and that get your body moving.  It could be a run, bike ride, hike, dance marathon or your favorite exercise class.  Just choose an activity you love and that leaves you feeling good.

Have you ever tried Working In?  Give the above Working In workout a try and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  I read and respond to each and every comment!

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