Physical Activity
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About this Term

"Physical activity," "exercise," and "physical fitness," are terms that describe different concepts. However, they are often confused with one another. This paper proposes definitions to distinguish them.

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Any bodily movement that is produced by skeletal muscle and that substantially increase energy expenditure.

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    Any bodily movement produced by the contraction of skeletal muscle that increases energy expenditure above a basal level. In these Guidelines, physical activity generally refers to the subset of physical activity that enhances health.

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    7.9

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    Graduate School
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  • Any action that uses your muscles to move your body and uses up energy.

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    50.5

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    High School
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  • Physical activity/fitness programs include classes, workshops, and special events.

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    19

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    College
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  • Physical Activity is an action that gets the body moving. 

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    57.9

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    Middle School
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    59.7

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    Middle School
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