What is physical activity?

Physical activity is any movement of body parts that operate ones kinetic chain and burn calories. Physical activity generally refers to bodily movement that enhances health and contributes to functional fitness. Jogging, cycling, bowling, rowing, pilates, and raking leaves are examples of physical activity.

Exercise is a type of physical activity that's organized and offers many health benefits. Strength training, participating in a group exercise class, or playing a pick-up game of basketball are examples of exercise.

Physical activity is defined as bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires the use of energy and produces progressive health benefits. Some examples of physical activity include walking to and from work/school, doing chores around the house, dancing, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and gardening.

Physical activity generally only requires a low-to-moderate intensity level.
Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles; such movement results in an expenditure of energy. Physical activity is a critical component of energy balance, a term used to describe how weight, diet, and physical activity influence health, including cancer risk.
This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute .
Mr. Donovan Green
Athletic Training
Anytime you move from one point to the next that is physical activity. For example: When ever you sit on a couch and decide to get up to retrieve a bag of chips or a fruit salad try to stand up and sit down 10-15 times or to failure.That is a full workout that will help to target your Midsection, Glutes, and Quadricep muscles. In order to get fit you have to incorporate physical activities that will require reps, sets, distance, intensity, duration and frequency. As a beginner you can simply take a short walk around your neighbor hood or clean your whole entire house. Have Fun.
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Physical activity is any activity above resting that requires physical exertion. Everything from chores around the house, walking to the mail box, walking up the stairs, to a heavy workout all count as physical activity. Sitting and watching TV, sitting at your desk at work, driving a car, or sleeping do not count as physical activity because you are essentially at rest.  The more physical activity you can accumulate in a day and a week the healthier you will be. Health experts recommend that you accumulate a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity a week. This can be as simple as walking to get your mail and parking further away from work and stores and include chores around your house, or can be things like sports and going to the gym. The more increase your physical activity the better.

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