Why Get Physical?

Posted 03/13/2018 | By HealthCorps

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What is Physical Activity?

Physical fitness means having the ability to complete daily tasks and still have energy left over at the end of the day. Ways to increase physical fitness usually include some sort of physical activity. Physical activity is the movement of the body that uses additional calories beyond your basal metabolic rate. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate at which heat is given off by an organism at complete rest. In other words, it is the amount of energy, in calories, that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest. Keeping the body functioning at rest includes functions such as breathing, controlling body temperature, circulating blood, brain and nerve function, and muscle contraction. BMR determines the rate at which you burn calories, and determines whether a person maintains, gains, or loses weight. Adding in physical activity increases the amount of calories burned.

Physical activity is important for your body’s health. It maintains or improves the health of numerous organ systems including your circulatory, respiratory, muscular, and skeletal systems.

Exercise is important for all of us; check out what Dr. Oz shares about exercise.

Don’t have time? Here is a 7 minute jumpstart workout! Here

As a teenager, 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day is recommended.

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