The Recovery Of Workouts : Essential For Physical And Mental Health

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Recovery in Workouts: Essential for Physical and Mental Health
Jason C Enos
Western Illinois University

Exercise and its Benefits
What Counts as Exercise? "Physical activity," "exercise," and "physical fitness" are terms that describe different concepts (Caspersen et al, 1985). These definitions become important to help define the focus of the study. Caspersen (1985) goes on to give definitions of each concept. Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that result in energy expenditure. Tufts University (2014) gives examples of physical activity in their study of reducing disabilities in the elderly. Some simple examples include “taking the stairs instead of an escalator, parking in the first space you see instead of finding the one closest to the door, and walking to the TV to change the channel instead of using the remote.” Physical activity in daily life can be categorized into occupational, sports, conditioning, household, or other activities (Caspersen et al, 2014). Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive and has as a final or an intermediate objective the improvement or maintenance of physical fitness (Caspersen et al, 1985). Other authors have described this activity as training (Gleeson, 2002; Adberrahman, 2012; Seiler et al, 2005; Jeffreys, 2005). These terms become interchangeable because training is a term used for athletes is preparation for competition. Physical…
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