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Physical Activity vs. Exercise

Published: October 19, 2021

Any bodily movement produced by the contraction of skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure is defined as physical activity. It includes exercise as well as other activities done as part of active transportation, house chores and recreational activities.  Whereas, exercise is a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and purposeful in the sense that the improvement or maintenance of one or more components of physical fitness is the objective.

For example; walking to meet friends for a coffee is physical activity, and a rehab program for a sore knee is exercise.

Why is physical activity important?

World Health Organisation recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week (or the equivalent vigorous activity) for all adults. Physical Activity has been shown to enhance thinking, learning, and overall well-being. Regular physical activity can prevent and help manage: 

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Type-2 Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Fatigue

In today’s society, much of our time is spent sedentary in front of screens and physical inactivity is becoming a huge issue people struggle to overcome. Our physiotherapists are movement specialists who can help you achieve your fitness and health goals.

We can assist with:

  • Mobility
  • Falls prevention
  • Improving fitness goals
  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation 
  • Chronic pain
  • Strength and conditioning 
  • Improve core strength
  • Pregnancy and post-natal
  • Posture
  • Pelvic pain

Book your clinical exercise assessment today!