1. What is Physical Activity?

What is physical activity?

At a very basic level, physical activity means any movement of your body that uses your muscles and expends energy. One of the great things about physical activity is that there are endless possibilities and there is certainly an activity to suit almost everyone! 

It is recommended that the average adult should do between 75 and 150 minutes of exercise a week. Thats only 10-20 minutes per day! This can be either moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking, hiking or riding a bike, or it can be more vigorous activities, Weigh Training, running, swimming fast, aerobics , HIIT, CrossFit ™, ETC. Any activity that raises your heart rate, makes you breathe faster, and makes you feel warmer counts towards your exercise!

An easy way to look at types of physical activity is to put them into four separate categories.

Daily physical activity

For adults, physical activity can include recreational or leisure-time physical activity,

transportation (e.g. walking or cycling), occupational activity (i.e. work), household chores, play, games, sports, or planned exercise in the context of daily, family, and community activities.

Everyday things such as walking to the bus stop, carrying bags or climbing stairs all count, and can add up to the 150 minutes of exercise a week recommended for the average adult.

Exercise

A purposeful activity carried out to improve health or fitness, such as jogging or cycling or lifting weights to increase strength.

Play

Unstructured activity that is done for fun or enjoyment.

Sport

Structured and competitive activities that include anything from football or squash to cricket. We can play these as part of a team or even on our own. This can be a fun and interactive way of getting exercise that doesn’t have to feel like exercising.

These activities can vary in intensity and can include high-intensity activities, such as tennis, athletics, swimming, and keep-fit classes, or they can be lower-intensity activities and sports, such as snooker or darts. Making exercise fun rather than something you have to do can be a motivator to keep it up.

If you found this helpful, please keep an eye out for more parts to this series and if you have any comments or questions please put them below and I will try and get to all of them.

Lots of Love Dan

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