What's the difference between physical activity and exercise? Physical activity is any body movement that increases the amount of energy burned above rest. Exercise is a form of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive and performed with the goal of improving health or fitness. Three types of exercise include speed, flexibility and endurance.
An exercise program typically focuses on strengthening:
Children and Adolescents
The CDC recommends that adults should strive to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. This includes muscle strengthening at least two times per week that works all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, shoulders and arms). In fact, as we age, the focus on muscle strengthening should increase!
You can achieve the recommended amount of physical activity with just 30 minutes of activity a day, five days a week. Try ten minute bursts of activity such as:
The best way to get your 30 minutes in per day is whatever becomes habit. Once you realize how much better you feel, you may decide to add more time and intensity to your routine!
¹ Physical Activity Guidelines, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention