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Keep your body moving as much as possible
Physical Therapy Exercises

It’s unfortunate that most people, even athletes, separate their physical activity from their daily lives. It’s as if exercise has become some sort of additional thing we do in hopes of improving our daily lives rather than an integral part in and of itself. Applying this Kantian view of “das Ding an sich” towards exercise can yield some pretty spectacular results, since the body is made to move.

Exercising for a few hours a week or going to the gym every other day is a good and commendable start to seeing results in your physical therapy or physique goals. However, by not having the view of exercise as a supplement – and rather a part – to your life, you can begin to do things that will naturally yield outstanding and VERY quick gains.

Exercise Frequency

Perhaps the most important point I’m getting at here is to increase your exercise frequency to the point where your whole day – each day – is filled with exercise. Before you start panicking, realize that by exercise, I don’t mean running a mile or even working up a sweat. I simply mean moving.

Keep your body moving as much as possible. This will drastically increase your entire body’s mobility. Most people will perform a few minutes of pre-workout mobility exercises (if we’re lucky); but by incorporating movement into your daily life, you won’t even have to worry about mobility sessions because you’ll be constantly ready to move and move vigorously if you have to. Having a more dynamic life will have several benefits. Among them are:

Increased mobility

Increased flexibility

Reduced joint pain

Reduced injury rate

Mental stimulation

Increased muscular and neurological recovery rate

I could go on, but suffice it to say the benefits are huge for anyone! So let’s go into some specific examples of how you make your days more dynamic.

Walk more places. Walking is a very natural movement for bipedal animals such as we are. It’s one of the most natural movements we can do, and we can do it for a long time without suffering from it. In fact, walking can prevent and cure your suffering. So: park further, take a walk after dinner, avoid taking your car places if possible, take the stairs, take longer routes, just start looking for more opportunities to walk.

Squat. Squatting is also a very natural movement that if done regularly can do wonders for your lower body mobility and flexibility and can even relieve back pain. So: do some deep bodyweight squats upon waking instead (or to

complement) your morning coffee pick-me-up; squat properly when you pick something up and stay in the bottom position for a few seconds and wiggle around to loosen your hips – because they’re probably tight; better yet, do something nice and increase your squatting frequency by squatting to pick up litter around your community when you’re out walking; if you really want to kick it up a notch, put your desk and/or computer on a very low table or box and get rid of your chair altogether –  learn to squat when you need to sit, this is how it’s done in third world countries and you don’t r

eally see back problems there do you?

The upper body is a bit more tricky. But a good trick is to just do the yawn-stretch a lot, even when you don’t need to yawn. Do it whenever you get antsy, or do it along with a deep breath when you feel yourself getting stressed. Don’t be afraid to move your arms around – just swing them around when you’re waiting for something instead of tapping your finger.

Just start looking for ways to move more excessively. It’s not hard to get in the habit and will pay off much more so than any twice weekly exercise program. Exercise should be a part of your life, not a cure for something. However, ironically, if you treat it as such it may prove to be the cure for which you’ve been looking.