We all know that leading an active lifestyle is an integral part of the weight loss formula! The health benefits of being active very clear to see, such as a lower chance of the negative health conditions like heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, depression and can even reduce the risk of cancer. But which is better for you, exercise or physical activity and what is the difference?
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Simply put, physical activity is the act of working your muscles through moving your body. It probably won't burn more fat than exercising, but will definitely boost your weight loss efforts! The best form of physical activity will usually include some form of house chores, so there is the added benefit of burning unwanted calories while completing daily tasks around the house. Physical activities can include any of the following:
- Try do your work standing
- During TV commercials try a bit of exercise
- Wash the floors
- Vacuum your furniture and carpets
- Go window shopping
- Wash your homes windows
- Go for a walk
- Walk to work if you can
Exercise is similar to physical activity, except it is more structured and repetitive. And unlike physical activity, exercise will improve your fitness, allowing you to do more and more exercise. However, when it comes to exercise, if you are new to it, you should try not do too much too soon to prevent injury and to avoid burning yourself out!
Which is better for weight loss?
So which is better for weight loss, physical activity or exercise? It is always best to do a combination of the two! If you are beginning your weight loss journey then aim for about 45 minutes a day of a combination of both physical activity and regular exercise. And always ensure that you have at least two rest days from your exercise routine to ensure that your body has adequate recovery time.
Any regular exercise is good enough for weight loss, but if you wanted the most 'bang for your buck' then adding some physical activity will definitely boost your weight loss efforts! Just make sure that the physical activity boosts your heart rate for maximum health benefits.
At the end of the day, weight loss boils down to one thing, 'perseverance' so when picking an exercise, pick one that you enjoy the most so that you don't end up quitting after one week. You'll receive all the health benefits from a regular routine of both physical activity and exercise even if you start small with just 10 minutes a day and build your way up!