By Gabe Sanders PhD, NSCA-CSCS
The term hyperactivity typically has a negative connotation to most people since the term is frequently used for kids and people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, hyper means unusually energetic and activity refers to an active force.
Keep body in constant motion
In terms of health, hyperactivity can be a great way to manage or lose weight, gain strength, and stamina. Since the temperature is warming up and summer is nearing, now is the time to keep your body in constant motion or according to the word hyper, be unusually energetic.
Start by asking yourself how you can be unusually energetic and think of ways to constantly be moving throughout the day. A great way to visualize or understand hyperactivity is to observe a young person or a toddler move nonstop throughout the day.
Literally, the reason kids nap is because they typically wear themselves out, when they wake up, they wear themselves out again! While the kid example is a bit extreme, you get the point and it is an excellent strategy that can be modified for adults of any age.
Overtime stamina will increase
Engaging in constant movement throughout the day can significantly change the way your body burns calories. Over time not only will you burn a lot of calories, you will find that your stamina will increase as well.
On the contrary, sitting around and watching TV will lead to more daily sedentary activity. Finding a balance can be difficult, but since the weather is changing, why not engage; be a little hyperactive.
What activities can I do to be hyperactive?
As I mentioned earlier, a great initial strategy would be to avoid sitting on the couch or watch TV during the day or until late at night. Next, create a “to do” list of things to do around the house. Your list could consist of daily chores like cleaning, sweeping, dusting, doing the dishes, and going for a daily or semi-daily walk.
After creating your daily list, establish activities you enjoy that requires some type of activity. Perhaps you enjoy shopping, walking your pet, or simply going to the grocery store. These additional activities are just another way to keep moving.
Then once you complete your 30-60-minute exercise session, you will most likely have engaged in an unusual amount of energetic activity!
*For more examples of other variations/exercises look under Multimedia-VDF Exercise Tips
**Consult with a physician and/or medical healthcare provider before starting any exercise regimen
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Cortese S, Comencini E, Vincenzi B, et al. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and impairment in executive functions: a barrier to weight loss in individuals with obesity? BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:286.