The Difference Between Physical Activity and Exercise

Physical Activity vs. Exercise – Are they Different?

Want to know the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise? Well, both terms refer to the voluntary movements you do that burn calories. Here are examples:

Physical Activity is an activity in which you move your body. For instance, gardening, walking the dog, raking leaves and taking the stairs instead of the elevator are in this category.

Exercise is a form of Physical Activity that is specifically planned, structured and repetitive. Examples include weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class.

Being physical activity along with exercise is an important to your overall health. Additionally, being active can help improve your ability to do the everyday activities you enjoy.

The bottom line? There are many ways to be active every day. Find something you enjoy doing and include it in your regular routine. And you don’t have to do this overnight. The best way is to increase your level of activity over time. Make it a lifetime effort.

Exercise and Everyday Activities Go Together.

Physical Activity and Exercise - Logo

Now we’ll explain our logo. We used 4 colors – one for each of four main types of exercise. Balance, Endurance, Flexibility and Strength – which we call BEFS.

BEFS go together to create the full range of what you need to stay physically fit. You should try to include all 4 types into your weekly exercise routine. Let me explain how you can work them into your everyday life.

Physical Activity and Exercise - Exercise Types: BEFS

More about the 4 Main Types of Exercises

Balance, Endurance, Flexibility, and Strength. Most people think of strength when they think of exercises, but even gentle stretches qualify as exercises. Additionally, we have included some Amazon products for each exercise type to help you get started.

Balance

Balance exercises help prevent falls. Many lower-body strength exercises also improve balance.

Everyday exercises to improve your balance include:

  • Stand on tiptoe to reach the top shelf
  • Standing on one foot
  • Tai Chi

Balance accessories you might like:

Ampersand Shops Balance Trainer

Physical Activity and Exercise - Bosu BallHalf Ball Yoga Fitness Exercise Workout

Bosu Balance TrainerPhysical Activity and Exercise - Bosu Ball Workout“The Original”

Gaiam Adjustable Custom-Fit Balance Ball Chair

Physical Activity and Exercise - Exercise Ball Chair

Desk Chair, Inflation Pump, and Exercise Guide for Home or Office

Endurance

Endurance or aerobic exercises increase your breathing and heart rate. These activities help you stay healthy, improve fitness, and help you do everyday tasks.

Everyday exercises to improve your endurance include:

  • Push your children on a swing
  • Running the Vacuum
  • Dancing, biking, jogging, swimming

Flexibility

Stretching exercises help your body stay flexible and limber. This gives you more freedom of movement. Some everyday exercises to improve your flexibility include:

  • Look over your shoulder
  • Make the bed
  • Bend over and tie your shoes
  • Reaching into a cabinet

Try our favorite stretching workout: Flexibility – Full-Body Stretch Workout

Get more from your flexibility workout – try Limm Resistance Bands Exercise Loops – 12-inch Workout Flexbands for Physical Therapy, Rehab, Stretching, Home Fitness

Strength

Strength exercises increase muscle. These make a big difference in everyday activities. Using weights are sometimes called strength training or resistance training. Most people think of strength training when they think of exercising, but the other 3 types of exercise are important too.

Everyday exercises to improve your strength include:

  • Carrying shopping bags up and down stairs
  • Carrying your dog or cat
  • Bring groceries in from the car

What exercise types does your weekly routine include?

Most of all, we hope this motivates you to become more active. Thank you for spending time with us today.

Wishing you the best of health!
Joan E.

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

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