Exercise is a type of physical activity that some people enjoy. Other people aren’t interested in exercise at all.
Physical activity and healthy eating can help you stay at a healthy body weight and prevent some types of health problems.
Exercise is a type of physical activity that you plan. You do it to improve your muscle strength, flexibility, and aerobic fitness (heart and lung health).
Here are some examples of exercise routines:
Exercise can make you feel better and have more energy.
Physical activity is any activity that gets you moving. Common types include:
A complete physical activity program still needs to include muscle strength, aerobic fitness (how long you can do something), and flexibility (how well you bend, twist, or move). You can add these when you need groceries by:
Many people find it hard to get enough physical activity and exercise. Physical activity can help you to have better mental and physical health, especially if you sit a lot (are sedentary). Stay active doing things you like and can fit into your regular routine. It doesn’t matter if you exercise, do other types of physical activity, or a combination of both, as long as you start moving.
There are always reasons to stop you from being active like:
Some ways to get past these reasons not to exercise:
Some activity is better than none. The more you do, the better. Finding activities you enjoy and that are practical is an important first step to become active. Being active regularly will improve your health.
Current as of: October 24, 2018
Author: Chronic Disease Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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