Physical Activity
Updated: 11/23/2020
Physical Activity

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  • It is best that you get 60 minutes of activity each day whether it be walking, swimming, etc. Anything physical can help
  • Physical activity is what keeps the body in shape and the caloric balance alive. The key to developing a successful personal activity program to keep active is to find recreational activities that you enjoy and that are appropriate for your health and fitness level.
  • Which components of physical fitness do you need/want to improve? What types of activities do you enjoy? Why types of activities help you manage your stress? What sports skills do you have? Would you like to participate with others in these activities or on your own? Where are your chosen activities offered? Will you need special equipment or facilities to participate in your chosen activity?
  • Questions you should ask before creating a personal activity problem are
  • Health conditions/physical disabilitiesPersonality/attitudeReason For ParticipationEnvironmental considerationsCost/availability of facilities
  • There are some factors that can affect what activities you choose to do. These factors are:
  • If you do not be cautious and take precautions, you or someone else with you could be seriously injured. It is important to understand this part especially. Do not overwork yourself, take things slow and work your way up.
  • Whenever you are involved in physical activity, you should be fed, dressed correctly, prepared for medical mishaps differentiating on weather conditions. You should also have medical help nearby.
  • Caloric balance is a comparison between how many calories you burn and how many calories you consume daily. If you consume more than you burn, you will gain weight. If you burn off more than you consume, you will lose it. Calories are burned in two different ways. One, maintaining your heart beat, digesting your food, creating new cells, and all other processes that keep your body alive. Two, the most obvious, physical activity! The process used by your body to convert calories to energy is called metabolism. The speed of metabolism varies from person to person and during different activities.