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What is physical activity?
Physical activity can be defined as any movement of the body that requires energy expenditure. This includes any motion you do through the day excluding sitting still or lying down. For example, walking to class, taking the stairs, mowing the lawn, and even cleaning your house can be considered physical activity. Exercise is a type of physical activity but not every physical activity is exercise. Exercise is a planned, structured, and repetitive activity for the purpose of improving or maintain physical fitness.
How much physical activity is recommended for adults (18-64)?
aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none, and more is better still
do strengthening activities that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least 2 days a week
do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week
reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity.
Benefits of physical activity?
It stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.
It can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss.
It is good for your muscles and bones
It can increase your energy levels
It can reduce your risk of certain diseases including type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, dementia
It can help skin health
It can help your brain health and memory
It can help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep and deepen your sleep.