Wake-Up Workout

by tinareale on December 9, 2013

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Well, good morning to you all! Did you have a good weekend? I sure did and can’t wait to fill you in about the trial yoga teacher training weekend I did. I need a bit more time to process my thoughts…and wake up since I’m feeling pretty tired this morning. And I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling that way, am I right?

Last week, when I shared my 11 Tips To Stick With Your Holiday Workouts, I suggested having a regular low-key, rejuvenating workout – a workout you know you can do when you feel like moving, but not busting out anything too serious or high energy. I know there are a plethora of quality circuits and calorie blasting circuits running around blog pages and Pinterest these days, so I thought I would share something a little more rejuvenating with you today. I hope you like it.

Wake Up Workout


To start off the workout, warm up with a 10 minute walk, gradually building up your speed to a brisk walk to warm-up and wake-up your body.

Then, you will move into a series of six different exercises. All the exercises are low impact and lower intensity moves that still work many important parts of the body – lower back, hips, core, etc. A few of the moves also have a balance component which can help mentally wake you up and energize you.

For the six exercises, you may choose to do them as straight sets – completing 2-3 sets of each exercise by itself before moving on to the next exercise in the workout, resting between each set. This also decreases the intensity of the overall workout. If you’re feeling up to it, the workout may also be done as a circuit, moving directly from one exercise to the next and going through 2-3 rounds of the circuit, resting between each round. If you choose to do the circuit, I do suggest going at a slower pace to keep the overall workout a lighter intensity.

Complete 10-15 reps per side of each exercise and 2-3 sets of each. Below is a list of the exercises:

Finish with another 10 minutes of walking to cool down and follow it all up with a good stretch. Enjoy!

What’s one of your favorite lighter intensity workouts or moves? How often do you schedule in recovery or lighter intensity workouts like this?

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1 MizBeAWalker December 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

Im an intuitive exercises and lately? INTUITIVELY? my workouts have been filled with lighter more recovery workouts like this one, too.

2 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

I love lighter workouts like this!!! I am in love with walking right now.

3 Linz @ Itz Linz December 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

LOVE! lower intensity workouts are needed for a variety of reasons so i’m all about this!! :)

4 Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-Discipline December 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

oh this workout is a welcome sight. I like to mix up intensity level to give my body a chance to recover.

5 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

Yay for another great workout! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your training, too.

6 Amanda @runtothefinish December 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

Love it! You are right some days I just need something to get me moving but I don’t have energy to go all out! Pinned!

7 Melanie @ Nutritious Eats December 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

This will be perfect for me today or tomorrow. Feeling very huge but need to move a little!

8 Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift December 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I heart this so hard, especially since (like you pointed out) everyone seems focused on “burning ALLLLL THE CALORIES” this time of year. This is the perfect counterpoint to that; can’t wait to try!

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