Presentation on theme: "Getting to the Top with Physical Activity. What is Physical Activity? Physical activity is movement of the body in a way that uses energy. Does all movement."— Presentation transcript:
What is Physical Activity? Physical activity is movement of the body in a way that uses energy. Does all movement count as physical activity?
Lifestyle Activities 1.Use the stairs more frequently. 2.Walk to visit neighbors, instead of driving. 3.Walk the dog. 4.Walk during lunch and breaks. 5.Park at the rear of the parking lot. 6.Go dancing on the weekends. 7.Improve the looks of your lawn by raking and mowing.
Moderate vs Vigorous 1.Walking briskly (3 ½ miles per hour) 2.Gardening/yard work 3.Dancing 4.Golf (walking and carrying clubs) 5.Bicycling (less than 10 miles per hour) 6.Weight training (general light workout) 1.Walking briskly (~ 4 ½ miles per hour) 2.Heavy yard work like chopping wood 3.Biking (more than 10 miles per hour) 4.Swimming 5.Aerobics classes
The Benefits of Physical Activity Improves self-esteem and feelings of well-being. Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety. Increases fitness level. Strengthens bones, muscles, and joints. Increases endurance and muscle strength. Improves flexibility and posture. Helps weight management. Reduces risk for illness. Helps control blood pressure.
The recommended amount for most days of the week…. To reduce chronic disease risk: –at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity To help manage body weight: –at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous- intensity To sustain weight loss: –at least 60 – 90 minutes of moderate-intensity
Key Points in Increasing Physical Activity ….. Enjoy it! Do it regularly. Keep it interesting!
Other Types of Physical Activity Resistance, strength and weight bearing free weights weight machines power lifting Stretching & flexibility yoga tai chi Balance