Updated: Sep 8
Physical activity is the overarching movement throughout an entire day. The World Health Organisation defines it as any movement using skeletal muscle requiring energy expenditure.
Using this definition we can say that anything from standing to gardening is physical activity.
Physical activity is important because it accounts for around 15% of our daily calories burned. Our bodies were made to move, whether it be persistence hunting, walking down to the shops or playing a sport. Being more active leads to a number of benefits with in the body and for these reasons we need to keep as active as we can.
We do have to be careful that we don’t over do it when we first start moving, if your body isn't used to moving or standing very much, starting off slow and gradually building up is best.
How we can support your exercise goals
We can help with exercise plans, weight loss/gain, strength, cardio, and overall fitness improvements for long term health benefits.
What are the benefits of increased physical activity?
Help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and improves sleep
Reduces chronic diseases
Lowers blood pressure
Increases blood volume
Burns subcutaneous and visceral fat
Improves immune system
Improves gastrointestinal function
Reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
Increases bone density, Improves balance and mobility
If your looking to get some equipment for home, a good place to start is with:
Walking is for everyone, not just beginners
Remember to always exercise in the appropriate clothing and if you have an injury or pain in a movement, don't push through the pain, see a specialist.