THE TRUE MEANING OF “PHYSICAL ACTIVITY”

It’s time to take our health in our own hands, and make some improvements when it comes to our mental and physical health.

One can always be happy with the way that they look, but if you take your health seriously you know that working out is the best way you can improve your health. We are seeing health tips all over the media, from what to eat, to how much sleep we need, and even diets based on our blood type. Despite all of this we all know what is the most important, physical activity.

When you go to the doctor they all say “STAY ACTIVE”.

But what does this mean?

The following text is taken from Public Health Reports from back in 1985, when the terms were unofficial.

‘”Physical activity,” “exercise,” and “physical fitness” are terms that describe different concepts. However, they are often confused with one another, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably.

Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure. The energy expenditure can be measured in kilocalories. Physical activity in daily life can be categorized into occupational, sports, conditioning, household, or other activities. Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive and has as a final or an intermediate objective the improvement or maintenance of physical fitness. Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure. The amount of energy required to accomplish an activity can be measured in kilojoules (kJ) or kilocalories (kcal); 4.184 kJ is essentially equivalent to 1 kcal (1). Technically, the kJ is preferred because it is a measure of energy expenditure; however, historically the kcal, a measure of heat, has 126 Public Health Reports been employed more often. We have chosen to follow historical precedent.’

 

 

Articles from Public Health Reports

One thought on “THE TRUE MEANING OF “PHYSICAL ACTIVITY”

  • May 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say
    fantastic blog!

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