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Staying Active throughout your Day

Although there is some truth to the notion that one should not exercise every single day to avoid getting injured or tight, this is a common misconception. Yes, you can get tight if you work the same muscle group with less than forty-eight hours of recovery time in between each session, but working out each day and exercising the same muscle group each day are two different things. This idea is that you can stay active every day of the week, but active in different ways. So, if you are someone who likes to exercise every day but has been told by your friends that this is going to get you hurt, you are right, but you may need to refine your exercise plan.
For example, you may enjoy running every day. This is obviously an exercise that works on your legs, but when done in different forms, it can work specific muscles. When you run on hills, you are utilizing different muscles than when you are running on flat terrain; when you stand up straight while running, you are using the core of your body, your abdominal muscles, to support yourself. That being said, you shouldn’t do two hard hill workouts in two consecutive days. Instead, alternate between running on flat terrain and hilly terrain, and also alternate between doing distance running and speed running. This allows you to run every day of the week without seriously injuring yourself.
Any bodybuilder or weight lifter knows that he or she cannot do two intense bicep workouts in a row without beginning to detrain. See, when you exercise, you tear the muscle fibers in a certain group, and they need time to recover and repair themselves; however, they come back stronger than they were before, therefore strengthening your muscles. But if you decide to exercise the worked muscle group before it has recovered, you will be breaking something that is already broken, and slowing your progress. Obviously, although you feel as if you are staying active in doing this, which you absolutely are, this isn’t the right kind of activity to be doing. There’s a fine line between sticking to your workout and doing a proper workout, so avoid detraining as much as possible.
If you want to stay active, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to draw up a schedule. With a training schedule, not only do you already have a plan in place and not have to make up what you’re doing on the spot, but you are constantly reminded that you are supposed to be exercising. This is a little trick for keeping yourself from slacking off on your workout on certain days, and certainly doesn’t let you use the excuse that you “forgot” to exercise. Or if you don’t know much about forming a schedule, ask a physical trainer or a friend to help you out with it. It’s always helpful to have a professional opinion when it comes to exercise.
Even when you aren’t necessarily working out, you should still try to stay active during the day. For example, let’s say you work in an office building on the fifteenth floor. If you are able to, take the stairs to get to your office. This is a minute little exercise, but it keeps your blood moving more than a ride in an elevator would. All of the little things you do in a day, such as walking up and down the stairs, walking across the street to get lunch, or even standing up every once in a while to get a drink add up to a little more activity for you each day.
As a little game for yourself, try to find periods of time in your day in which you have nothing to do. If you have a stretch of about half an hour that is completely free, you could consider sneaking in a quick workout. This could be a few sets of sit-ups, push-ups, nothing that takes too much time or heavy machinery. This keeps your mind and body alert during the day, and remember, any little tricks you have will eventually add up to make you a more active and fit person.
Believe it or not, there are ways to stay active without necessarily doing intense physical activity. For example, you could sit down and write an article or short story for fun. You need to keep your brain and body moving throughout the day in order to label yourself as an active person. As long as you are alert and thinking, you are being active throughout your day.