You may have heard that regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but what exactly is physical activity? Is it the same as exercise? And how do you know you’re doing enough? You may have heard that regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but what exactly is physical activity? Is it the same as exercise? And how do you know you’re doing enough?
Physical activity is the movement that increases your heart rate and burns calories – from doing jobs, playing football or even climbing stairs or dancing with friends. Exercise is a structured and repetitive form of physical activity that can improve your cardiovascular condition. This includes activities such as swimming in the pool, taking a brisk walk, stretching or doing strength training.
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To get the best health benefits, it is important to combine physical activity and exercise. Try to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity – including structured exercise – most days of the week. Doing so can reduce your risk of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, depression, and some cancers.
Suggested activity level
Use this “sample of a day” to inspire you and have active days:
6 am – Get up 30 minutes early and take a walk through your colony.
8 am -Stay your car or get off the truck a couple of stops before your destination and walk.
10 am – Do some stretches on your desk after your morning meeting.
2 pm- You can use part of the mealtime to get up and walk.
6 pm – Drive to your car or to a distant truck stop.
8 pm- Take your dog for a walk in your colony.
9 pm- Hang the rope or dance while watching TV.
Physical activity provides maximum benefit when it is intense enough to increase your heart rate. Concentrate on vigorous and moderate-intensity activities, such as washing your car, sweeping the yard or riding your bike with your children. And remember: any physical activity is good!