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What is physical activity and why do you need it in your life?
How do you incorporate it into your life?
What can you do to be more physically active?
How many calories can you burn?
Physical Activity Pyramid


What Is It? Why Is It So Important? Just the Facts, Jack!! General Guidelines

"Exercise Lite"

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following as a means of physical activity: Want to know more about physical activity?

Check out the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity


Incorporating Physical Activity Into Your Life

Now that youíve been convinced of how important physical activity is to your health and well being, the next step is incorporating it into your life. Lucky for all of us, becoming more physically active is a cinch! Itís just a matter of incorporating some simple steps into your life. In fact, you probably already are "physically active" and donít even know it.

If you donít like to EXERCISE,  donít worry. Exercise is just one aspect of physical activity. The following are some tips to help you get started:


Need Help Figuring Out What Qualifies as Physical Activity?
Check Out These Suggestions.....

There are numerous activities that can be worked into your day that do not involve going to the gym, or an aerobics class. Some alternative ideas are listed below:


Physical Activity Pyramid


© Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by Georgia State University (1999)

Calories Expended During Certain Activities:
 
ACTIVITY* Calories expended in 30 minutes  Male (175 lbs) Calories expended in 30 minutes  Female (135 lbs)
Biking 12-13.9 mph (moderate effort) 334 258
Circuit Training  334 258
Stretching, hatha yoga 167 129
Dancing - general 188 145
Dancing - ballet, modern 251 193
House Cleaning - vigorous (mop, wash car)  188 145
House Cleaning - light (dusting, vacuuming) 104 81
Playing w/ kids moderate - walk/run 167 129
Gardening 209 161
Mowing lawn - Hand mower 251 193
Running - 6 mph 418 322
Jogging 292 225
Basketball - Game 334 258
Children's Games 209 161
Football 334 258
Frisbee 125 97
Horseback Riding 167 129
Skating 292 225
Soccer 292 225
Softball/Baseball 209 161
Tennis 292 225
Hiking 251 193
Walking - 4 mph, level surface 167 129
Walking - leisure 146 113
Canoeing/Rowing - moderate 292 225
Kayaking 209 161
Swimming laps freestyle - moderate 334 258
* Data from ACSM Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription Third Edition


Resources

Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity
American College of Sports Medicine

Go to The Exercise and Physical Fitness Home Page

The Exercise and Physical Fitness Web Page is an ongoing project by graduate students in the Master of Science program in Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University. This project was created by J. Andrew Doyle, PhD, and was last modified on: May 11, 2000. © Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by Georgia State University (1999)