What counts as physical activity?

Physical activity simply means movement of the body that uses energy. Walking, gardening, briskly pushing a baby stroller, climbing the stairs, playing football, or dancing are all good examples of being active. Regardless of what you do, regular exercise and physical activity improves health and well-being. Exercise burns fat, builds muscle, lowers cholesterol, eases stress and anxiety, and it also lets you sleep well. For health benefits, physical activity should be of moderate or vigorous intensity.


Moderate physical activities include:

  • Walking briskly
  • Cycling
  • General gardening
  • Dancing
  • Golf
  • Water aerobics
  • Canoeing
  • Tennis (doubles)

Vigorous physical activities include:

  • Running/jogging
  • Walking very fast
  • Cycling
  • Heavy yard work, such as chopping wood
  • Swimming
  • Aerobics
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis

You can choose moderate or vigorous intensity activities, or a mix of both each week.

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