Physical activity is anything that gets you moving and is not necessarily the same thing as exercise. Physical activity does not need to be structured or planned; it can include things like chores around the house, physical activity as part of your job, active transportation and recreational activities.
According to the World Health Organization there are many benefits of regular physical activity such as, reducing the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression and the risk of falling. Regular physical activity also improves bone function and is fundamental to energy balance and weight control.
Categories of Physical Activity
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) puts physical activity into two categories: moderate intensity and vigorous intensity. Generally, you should be able to hold a conversation during moderate physical activity. Moderate activity can include walking, ballroom dancing, mowing the lawn, leisurely biking, or mopping. Vigorous activity can include mountain biking, playing sports, jogging, swimming laps, or aerobic dancing.
Recommended Amounts of Physical Activity
For children, 60 minutes of physical activity a day is recommended.
For adults, 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a week is recommended. For vigorous activity, 75 minutes a week, or about 20 minutes a day, is recommended.
For local opportunities for physical activity, please check out the Healthy Klamath Event Calendar.