The last thing you want to do when you are tired is exercise…
But, multiple research studies have shown that exercise can actually boost energy if you are feeling fatigued! (Check out this short read on WebMD: Exercise Fights Fatigue, Boosts Energy)
Exercise improves blood flow, increases your core body temperature, increases stamina and releases endorphins that relieve your body of stress- all of which are energy-boosting properties of exercise.
So today, try Caffeine: The Energy-Boosting Circuit Workout that will help you get through the day… Even better, you can do it in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee…
For this workout, perform as many reps of each exercise as you can in one minute. Perform two rounds of the circuit. Try not to rest between exercises.
Jog in Place – Click to view the video
One minute warm up. Jogging in place will help you transition from wanting to sleep to actually doing something productive!
Muscles Worked: Total body warmup/cardiovascular exercise.
Decline Push Up on the Bench – Click to view the video
For a total upper body exercise…
Muscles Worked: Pectorals, triceps, biceps, shoulders.
Calf Raises – Click to view the video
An important muscle group to keep strong…
Muscles Worked: Calves
Triceps Dips – Click to view the video
Tighten up those arms!
Muscles Worked: Triceps.
Pilates Crunch – Click to view the video
Fast. Do these fast!
Muscles Worked: Abdominal muscles, back muscles.
Wall Sits – Click to view the video
Feel the burn in your thighs!
Muscles Worked: Quadriceps, glutes, core muscles.
– Take nice deep breaths to keep your oxygen levels high for an energy boost. Besides, you can’t argue that burning legs won’t wake you up 🙂 Each minute counts for 30 reps.
REPEAT the Circuit 2x for more energy. Try 3x for a challenging workout and to knock out more reps for the week. Keep in mind that three rounds may cause immediate fatigue, but will give you more long-term energy as your body becomes healthier over time.
Drink and eat immediately after to fuel your body for the day!