What's the difference between activity and exercise?
Do you have a job that requires you to walk or stand most of the day? Do you have a job where you sit most of the day? If you answered yes to either of these questions, does your level of activity and exercise put you at risk for health problems?
Physical activity is any movement that requires use of your muscles, such as walking, standing, housework, and gardening. Most activities require low to moderate exertion.
Exercise is a type of activity that is done for the purpose of maintaining or improving your health.
Exercises that raise your heart rate can help lower blood pressure, improve your breathing, and improve your mood.
Exercises that build your muscle strength involve resistance training, typically with some kind of weights or holding a position for 1-2 minutes.
Just because you exercise, doesn’t mean that you can sit all day and be inactive.
Just because you are active during the day, doesn’t mean that you do not need to exercise.
A good start is to do at least 10 minutes of moderate intensity exercise as many days as you can. Get up from your desk every two hours and move.
Do not do any activity or exercise that causes you to feel short of breath. Talk with your doctor if you have a health condition before doing any exercise.
Try to gradually increase the amount, intensity, and time you are both active and do exercises.
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