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Exercise vs. Physical Activity

Exercise vs. Physical Activity

Connor Gray, CPT

 

One of the biggest questions that people have about fitness is how many minutes of exercise is appropriate per week? Well, according to the American Heart Association, adults should get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week while doing strength training exercises an additional two days a week. This should add up to about 250 minutes per week of exercise. 

So, how does someone get the 250 minutes of exercise in? First, many people have trouble distinguishing between the difference between exercising and physical activity. According to ACE Fitness, physical activity can be defined as a movements carried out by muscles that require energy, which means any movement can be defined as such. On the other hand, exercise is planned, structured, repetitive movements intended to improve physical fitness.

To achieve the goal of 250 minutes, one would need to do exercise, as opposed to physical activity movements. Some examples of exercise include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, biking, and other exercises that increase your breathing and heart rates. For strength training, some examples include lifting weights like dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, cable systems, barbells, and machines, or using resistance bands. 

Even though exercise is preferred, it is important to note that both physical activity and exercise are important components to a healthy lifestyle.

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