Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure.
Physical activity can be categorized into three main types: moderate, vigorous, and light-intensity physical activity.
Moderate physical activity is defined as physical activity that causes a person to break a sweat, but can still talk comfortably.
Examples of moderate physical activity include walking at a moderate pace, gardening, and gentle swimming.
Vigorous physical activity is any physical activity that causes a person to breathe hard and fast and makes it difficult to carry on a conversation.
Examples of vigorous physical activity include running, playing tennis, and biking uphill.
Light-intensity physical activity is any physical activity that does not increase a person’s heart rate or breathing. Examples of light-intensity physical activity include stretching, gentle walking, and light housework.
If you’re aged 18-64 years old, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that you should do moderate or vigorous aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes a week.
You could also combine both types of activities to meet this goal. In addition to aerobic activities, WHO suggests that adults should strength train with muscle-strengthening exercises 2 days every week.
So get out there and move! physical activity is a great way to improve your overall health and well-being.