Energy Building Workout to do When Sick or Down in the Dumps

We have all been under the weather trying to recover from a cold, or just down in the dumps.

Luckily, there is a great energy building workout you can do to restore your chi and make the most of the day. The routine is derived from the book “How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy!” by Paul Chek.

The following exercises can be done to work through the different energy zones in the human body to leave you feeling refreshed and energized! It’s important to focus on breathing when performing these movements. Deep breaths into your diaphragm can bring you into the present moment and help calm and rejuvenate your internal system


Lay flat on mat and lift opposite arm and leg while drawing in naval to engage abs. Do 10 reps on each side.


Lay flat on a mat, feet shoulder width apart and lift your hips until they are parallel with your shoulders. Do 15 reps.


Arms crossed in front, feet shoulder width apart. 15 reps.

Quadrupeds elbow to knee:

Perform on a mat with hands under shoulders, knees under hips. Extend opposite arm, opposite leg then bring elbow and knee in to touch and extend back out. 10 reps each side.

Floor cobra:

Lay flat on a mat and gently lift your chest off the floor. Make sure to keep neck in alignment with shoulders and not over hyperextend when lifting chest. Squeeze shoulder blades back as chest is lifted and keep feet on floor. Return to original position and repeat for 10 reps.

Thoracic/Neck movement:

Extend arms out to side with one palm facing up and other facing down. Rotate arms as you turn neck facing the downward facing palm each rep. Do 10 times each side.

Standing Elbow to Knee:

Standing tall with arms raised overhead, bring one elbow to opposite knee and connect them at center of body then repeat other side. 10 reps each side.

Do this whole circuit all the way through with little rest. Take a 1 minute break and repeat one more time through.

Here is a video demonstrating the movement.