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Posts Tagged ‘Physical activity’

What is the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Hi All,

I oftern get asked the question ‘What is the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise?’

Well here is your answer:-

Physical Activity:- are tasks of daily living that can be used to work the cardiovascular system (Heart and Lungs), for example shopping, walking the dog, etc… these activities generally do not need any specialist equiptment, a special venue and is not structured.

Exercise – is any form of structured activity performed on a regular basis with a specific goal in mind.  So this would include things like fitness classes, playing sport, having a Personal Training Session etc…


What is being Physically Active?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Hi All,

This is just a very short post about what it means to be Physically Active, as a Personal Trainer in Manchester, I get asked all the time what is the minimum amount of activity a person needs to do for health.  A scary fact is that 6 out of 10 men and 7 out of 10 women in the UK are not active enough for health (according to the Department of Health).  The worst bit is it is so easy to be one of the few who are physically active.

So we are not talking for weight loss, or toning, just for basic health. First of all lets look at the benefits to low level physical activity on the body.

What Moderate Physical Activity will do for you:-

– Reduce your risk of premature death by 20-30%

– Reduce your risk of getting Type II Diabetes (Adult on set)

– upto 50% less likly to suffer with Coranary Heart Disease

– Improve function

– Reduce risk of back pain

– Increase bone density (reducing osteopherosis risk)

So what do you need to do?

– Moderate acttivity 5 times per week for 30 minutes

Moderate activity is anything that slightly elevates your heart rate, you might start breathing more deeply and feeling your heart rate raise.  However you should NOT be gasping for air, sweating heavily, or in any kind of pain.  For most peolpe brisk walking constitutes moderate intensity.

In terms of time you do not have to do this lot in one 30 minute block, you can break it down into sections of a minimum of 10 mins, this makes it much easier to fit into your day.  Lets face it we are all busy people and trying to find an extra 30 minutes to fit into your day for physical activity can be hard.

We have a solution!

We encorage people to look for activities that they already have to do, such as shopping and see how they can start to use these activities of daily living as physical activity.  Alot of the time we are moving about or doing physical activities but we just don’t do them at a good enough pace to constitute physical activity.

Some ideas for you!

– Walking round the shops

– Gardening

– Stairs instead of the lift


– House work

– Walking the dog

– What else can you think of? Fill in your ideas in the comments box below.

Take every opportunity to get a little bit of activity in, and trust me it will all add up to have a massive overall effect on your levels of wellbeing.

Take it a step at a time!


Do you want 14 more years of life?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Hi All,

I was recently reading a piece of research from a leading cancer research charity, Cancer Research UK.

It suggested that you can massively reduce your cancer risk and add 14 happy healthy years to your life by doing four simple things. So I am sure that you are interested in what they are:-

1. Don’t Smoke – No surprises there then?

2. Drink Sensibly – current reccommendations are that you avoid binge drinking and stick to 2-3 units a day for a female and 3-4 units a day for a male.

3. Eat 5-a-day – this is really a minimum, here in the UK we use the 5 a day as a target when we should be looking to have a intake of closer to 9 portions per day! So eat as much as you can.

4. Engage in regular physical activity – as little as 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity 5 tmes per week can have a massive health effect not only in reducing cancer risk but also heart disease risk and type 2 diabetes risk.

All you need to do is avoid toxins, eat well and move! All the things that your body is designed to do.

Until next time,


Reduce your Diabetes Risk

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Hi All,

I have just been Reading over a piece if research by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. This is yet another paper that shows us how important diet and physical activity actually are.

The study followed 3000 overweight people, they were split into three groups. One following a healthy diet and exercise, another taking anti-diabetic drugs, the other taking a placebo.

The research showed that the group following a diet and exercise program gained the greatest benefits in terms of reduced risk of diabetes. The actual risk of developing type 2 diabetes was reduced by 58% compared to the placebo group. While the anti-diabetic group saw their risk reduce by a third.

This is yet another study that shows the power of healthy eating and physical activity.

Until next time,