Hey! – Rob here 👋🏼
Your Daily Health Fix today is about …
Movement VS Exercise
What is Exercise?
Not necessarily as obvious as it sounds (by the things we hear around town), Exercise is a specific workout involving one or more ‘exercises’ for an alocation of time (e.g 30 mins, 1hr) with the intention of developing strength, stamina, mobility and agility whilst also improving cardio vascular function and building or maintaining a healthy body composition (muscle:fat mass ratio).
What is Movement
Often confused with Exercise, movement is the bigger picture of physical activity. How long are you on your feet each day? Do you walk or cycle to get around? Are you lifting, carrying, bending, twisting, jumping, throwing, squeezing, stretching etc. multiple times per day (or per hour). Essentially, how much are you doing things that aren’t just sitting?
What’s more important?
For a short answer, definitely Movement. But it is a bit more nuanced than that, especially in today’s world. It is possible to maintain good general health without doing any specific workouts at all, (in the context of being generally active all the time and having an optimal diet). However, for many people, being active all the time is’t possible, which is where a carefully planned exercise regime, and health minded habits and systems can play a significant role in staving off dis-ease. It should also be noted that the stronger and more active you are going into older age, then the longer you will maintain your ability and independance for thriving in your later years. Whilst Movement is more important, Exercise should always be considered.
A rule of thumb . . .
. . . would be that for 50% of your waking hours you should be moving. This can be moderate, such as standing, strolling, doing hobbies where you’re not sitting, taking walking meetings rather than board room ones, and generally finding an excuse to change position constantly.
Where does exercise come in to this? – In order to maintain muscle mass, strength capabilities, well ‘oiled’ joints, stability and pain free movement, and boost stamina; be sure to add in 30-60 minutes most days of more strenuous strength and cardio vascular activities that will keep you prepared for the more physically and emotionally stressful situations life will randomly throw at you.
. . . That’s it for this dose,
Until the next time – Stay Motivated!💪🏼
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