What Is Exercise?

By Personal Trainer, EmmaPassions Emesakoru 0803 222 3196, www.facebook.com/emmapassionspersonaltrainer , BBM: 25D73E49

Exercise is also known as physical activity. Simply put, exercise is any movement that works your body at a greater intensity than your usual level of daily activity. Exercise raises your heart rate and works your muscles and is most commonly undertaken to achieve the aim of physical fitness.


What can be considered appropriate exercise for one person may be too much or too small for another. For example, if the most vigorous part of your average day is driving to pick up your children from school, then walking at a slower pace for 10-15 minutes would be a good starting point and form of exercise for your body. However, jogging might be too challenging. Start gently and slowly increase your exercise levels and duration. Exercise should be challenging and be at a greater intensity than your usual level of daily activity.

Basically, your goal should be to gradually increase your activity levels with time. As you adapt to meet the new challenges, your routine will becomes easier.  Examples of exercise includes: walking, dancing, running, swimming, yoga, skipping, tennis and resistance training. But remember if it doesn’t challenge you, or that heartbeat, then it isn’t exercise.

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