Physical Activity vs. Exercise: Understanding the Difference

Father-does-housework-whi-006In a given day, most of us endure a lot of physical activity. Working on your feet, tackling housework, or wrangling your kids are all considered physical activity. But a common misconception is that physical activity and exercise are the same thing. Here’s a breakdown of the difference between the two:

  • Physical activity: Any movement from your muscles that expends energy.
  • Exercise: Planned, structured, and repetitive movement that is done for the purpose of improving fitness.

Unfortunately, even if your day is packed with physical activity, you won’t receive all the benefits of exercise unless you make time for planned exercise. You need to go for a walk, take part in a sport, or map out some time where you’re expending energy for one reason; to improve your overall fitness. Not only does it make for a healthier body, but exercise is vital for stress management and mental wellness too. Check out this quick video from Physical Therapist, Colin Hoobler to learn just how important it is to make time for exercise, even if you’re already active in your day-to-day life.

If you live in the Portland area, and you’d like to attend a workshop with Colin Hoobler, click here to learn more and register online.

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  1. I think for some persons who works at salvage yards and maintain the work of load and unload, they does not need other exercise. Because they have to move hundreds of kilos from one place to another and their whole body gets effected. 😀

  2. Thanks for sharing this post because I can’t tell how many people I meet who believe planned exercise can be substituted for doing the garden. Great distinction between the two…Will definitely share this on Facebook

  3. Reblogged this on On the Path to Greatness and commented:
    Useful breakdown of the difference between physical activity and exercise. So many people don’t understand the (or even know that there is a) difference!

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