Differences Between Activity & Exercise

Do you know that there is a difference between Physical Activity & Exercise? Both terms refer to the voluntary movements you do that burn calories. But they are different.

Here are the definitions:

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.

What’s 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.

Physical Activity & Exercise – they go together

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Now to explain our logo. We use 4 colors to depict the four main types of exercise. Balance, Endurance, Flexibility and Strength. We call these BEFS.Physical Activity & Exercise - Exercise Types: BEFS

BEFS go hand-in-hand 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 & Exercise – more about the 4 Main Types of Exercises

Balance, Endurance, Flexibility, and Strength. Most people think of strength when they think of exercises, but gentle stretches count too. To help you, we have included some Amazon products for each exercise type.


Balance exercises help prevent falls. Also, many lower-body strength exercises improve balance. So, these are great exercise for you.

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 & Exercise - Bosu BallHalf Ball Yoga Fitness Exercise Workout

Bosu Balance Trainer

Physical Activity & Exercise - Bosu Ball Workout“The Original”

Gaiam Adjustable Balance Ball Chair

Physical Activity & Exercise - Exercise Ball Chair

Desk Chair, Inflation Pump, and Exercise Guide


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


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 with bands. Try Limm Resistance Bands Exercise Loops. 12-inch Workout Flexbands for Physical Therapy, Stretching, and Home Fitness.


Strength exercises increase muscle. These can make a big difference in everyday activities. Using weights are sometimes called strength or resistance training. And most people think of strength training, 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

Activity & Exercise – are you Physically Active or do you Exercise?

What exercises do you like? What activities do you do weekly?

Thank you for spending time with us today. We hope this motivates you to become more active. Wishing you the best of health!

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Author: Joan

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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