We are constantly being told that we should be working out on a regularly basis in order to stay healthy.

The general idea behind this advice is correct. The human body requires regular and consistent movement in order to maintain muscle mass, cardiovascular health, joint health, reduce the likelihood of injury, aid the return of venous blood and lymph, maintenance of a healthy body weight, reduce the likelihood of serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer and many other crucial health benefits.

However, there are times when working out can do more harm than good. When you work out, you use energy and vital nutrients. This can be problematic when you already have very low energy and/or nutrient levels.

When you are under excessive levels of stress, you’re going to have low energy or low nutrient levels.

The diagram below shows that there are 6 main types of stressors:

  1. Physical
  2. Chemical
  3. Electro-magnetic
  4. Psychic
  5. Nutritional
  6. Thermal

Stress Summates

We are exposed to each of these stressors every day and they are all crucial to our physical, mental and emotional health.  The problem begins when we are exposed to too much or the wrong type of stress.  The diagram also shows that we have Control Systems that help to rebalance the body in order to keep our bodies in balance, which is known as homeostasis.

These control systems include:

  • Limbic / Emotional
  • Hormonal
  • Visceral
  • Nervous
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Other sub-systems

If these systems are unable to manage the stressors, they become unbalanced, and this is when injury and disease occur if not corrected.

[dt_quote type=”blockquote” font_size=”normal” animation=”none” background=”plain”]Exercise is a physical stress, so if you are already overly stressed, working out is just going to add more stress and uses up more vital nutrients.[/dt_quote]

If your body is in homeostasis, then you can work out and reap the benefits. Your body will respond by improving the systems you were training during the workout as long as you take on adequate nutrients and get optimum rest and sleep.

All C.H.E.K Practitioners and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coaches are trained to assess your levels of stress and give you the appropriate level of exercise.

If your levels of stress are high, then Work-In exercises will help.

So What is Working In?

Work-In exercises increase the amount of energy in the body rather than using up energy.  So how does exercise create more energy?

The process of breathing, which carries a strong positive charge, acts like the positive pole of a magnet, whilst the water in your body (your body is ~75% water) acts like the negative pole of a magnet.

So the positive and negative poles create energy or work potential.

Paul Chek perfoms a work-in exerciseThe heart, after receiving oxygen from the lungs, acts like a generator, producing a powerful electromagnetic field. It also acts like a pump sending an added charge to the cells and systems.

Muscles help energize the body by producing electromagnetic energy and by acting like pumps to assist the action of the heart.  When tension is placed on connective tissues of the muscles, tendons and skin via movement, an electrical current known as a piezoelectric current is produced.

So considering we produce energy with movement, a Work-In exercise is one that uses less energy than is being created. When we perform Work-In exercises, the slower you move your body, the faster the Chi energy flows.

Work-In exercises are performed without raising heart rate or breathing rate above a resting state, so you should be able to perform Working In exercises on a full stomach after dinner.

Types of Work-In exercises include Zone Exercises (as shown in Paul Chek’s book, How to Eat, Move & Be Healthy!), tai chi, qi gong, and gentle forms of yoga.

How Do You Know When to Work In and When to Work Out?

You can either receive an assessment from a C.H.E.K Practitioner or Holistic Lifestyle Coach or complete the questionnaires in How To Eat, Move & Be Healthy! to find out how much Working In versus Working Out exercises you should be doing for optimal health, body weight and performance.

As Buddha once said, “If you don’t go within, you go without”. So make sure you put some Working In exercises into your day if you need it. In today’s day and age most of us do need it.

Enjoy. Until next time…

Leigh Brandon

Leigh Brandon has been working in the field of health and fitness since 1996. His mission is to help as many people as possible to reach their health and performance potential, ‘so they can live more productive, fulfilling and happier lives’.

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