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Definitions of Physical Activity, Exercise, and Fitness. Physical Activity. The term “physical activity” describes many forms of movement, including activities that involve the large skeletal muscles.

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physical activity
Physical Activity
  • The term “physical activity” describes many forms of movement, including activities that involve the large skeletal muscles.
  • Activities that involve the small skeletal muscles (e.g. playing board games, drawing, writing) are important, but they do not provide the health benefits of activities that involve the large skeletal muscles and require substantial energy expenditure.
physical activity is defined by its duration intensity and frequency
Physical activity is defined by its duration, intensity, and frequency
  • Duration is the amount of time spent participating in a physical activity session
  • Intensity is the rate of energy expenditure
  • Frequency is the number of physical activity sessions during a specific time period (e.g. one week).
exercise
Exercise
  • Exercise consists of activities that are planned and structured, and that maintain or improve one or more of the components of physical fitness.
  • Physical activity suggests a wide variety of activities that promote health and well-being.
  • Exercise is often associated with fitness maintenance or improvement only.
fitness
Fitness
  • Participating in physical activity is beneficial to people of all ages. Physical activity contributes to fitness, a state in which people’s health characteristics and behaviors enhance the quality of their lives.
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