Activities - Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Everyday activities like housework, yard work, and walking the dog, are examples.

To get the health benefits of physical activity, do activities that make you breathe harder. These will make your heart and blood vessels healthier. Examples of aerobic activities are brisk walking, running, dancing, swimming, and playing basketball. To make your muscles stronger, do strengthening activities like push-ups and lifting weights.

Two key points to remember:

  • Some activity is better than none.
  • The more you do, the greater the health benefits and the better you will feel.

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Types of Physical Activities

There are two Types of Physical Activity (PDF): Planned and Lifestyle Physical Activity. Planned Physical Activity is the type of activity we generally think about as 'exercise' or a 'workout.' Lifestyle Physical Activity is activity done during the routine of daily life while at home or work. Both types of activity are good ways to increase physical activity. Choose activities that you will enjoy.

Planned Physical Activities (PDF) can be grouped into aerobic, strength and flexibility activities. If you choose activities from each of these areas you will get the most benefit from being active.

Physical activity does not have to be planned. Think of all the ways you can be more active during the day just by doing more lifestyle physical activities (PDF).

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Types of Physical Activity

Planned Physical Activities

Activities to Fit your Lifestyle


Walking is a great way to be more active. It's fun, free, and you can do it almost anywhere. Here is information on getting started and a sample 10-week walking plan (PDF).

You may want to use a pedometer. A pedometer is a small device that counts the number of "steps" you take. Most can be worn on your waistband or belt, and some can be carried in a pocket or purse. For more information here is a Guide to Using Your Pedometer (PDF) issued by VA for MOVE!.

Some basics of safety (PDF) to consider when you are being physically active are letting someone know where you are going and how long you will be.

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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (Health & Human Services)

Updated April 6, 2021