Working In

Here’s what you need to know:

1) Working in is performing activities which allow you to restore your resilience reserves and work with you body

2) Work ins usually involve movement but should not put stress upon your body, instead leaving you refreshed and energised

3) Use work ins to help yourself to recover from stress generated both at work and in the gym

Working in rather than working out

We are consistently told that working out is good for our health. But for the run down business executive who is already working too long hours and not getting enough sleep is the additional stress and energy expenditure of working out good for health, performance and wellbeing? To borrow an analogy from Paul Chek, who inspired this post, working out is like paying out a cheque from the bank of your resilience. If that cheque bounces you have caused more harm than good.

The question is then how can we increase the funds in our resilience bank account so that we have the credit to pay out those cheques? Working in serves as a useful term to cover all those activities that allow you to reconnect with your body and restore its resilience. The best work ins are gentle forms of activity which make you aware of your body, your breathing and your circulation, without being stressful. A walk, for example, is a work in; it is a chance to reconnect with the outside world, to feel your heart and be conscious of your breathing. Similarly yoga can be a fantastic work in; it gets the body moving properly and blood circulating whilst allowing you to shift to an internal focus. A fantastic pose is viparita karani, or the legs-up-the-wall pose, which moves the blood back into your core, helping you to work energy back in to the body.

Breathing is an important part of working in, taking deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. People tend to breathe very shallowly, breathing into their chest and failing to make use of much of their lungs. When working in really focus on breathing in to the diaphragm and filling your lungs with air. This will flush out stale air and ensure you are getting all the oxygen you need. By focussing on your breathing and feeling your circulation, you can help to increase your awareness of your body’s rhythms, and listening to your body is the route to real health and well being.

Working in is at least as important as working out. By increasing your resilience reserve you earn the right to work out, and so to get stronger, fitter and better. If you continue trying to work out without working in you are like a banker who tries to cover their losses by further gambling; at some point down the line the debt is going to have to be paid and it will just keep getting bigger. Exercise can, and indeed often should, leave you feeling energised, even refreshed. Build work ins to your day and feel the benefits both physically and emotionally.

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