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Exercise vs. Physical Activity-why you still need to exercise if you lead an active lifestyle

A common excuse to avoid exercise is ‘I’m active for my job.’ This usually applies to professions like construction workers who lift heavy equipment, nurses who walk around all day, and daycare providers who are chasing kids around. In this blog, I want to discuss the difference between daily physical activity and an exercise program, as well as why it is important to have both components in your day. Daily physical activity is the repetitive movements you do without necessarily thinking about it. These movements can add up to burn more calories and increase your metabolism throughout the day. Examples are parking your car further away to walk in to the store, taking stairs instead of elevators, walking the dog, etc. People who move around a lot for their jobs work similar muscles over and over again. This is great for their total calorie burn, but bad for their muscular imbalances. Their bodies also adapt to their physical activity level so it really won’t lead to significant weight loss unless calories are restricted. This is where exercise programs come in. An exercise program includes a targeted period of time you carve out to focus specifically on your body’s needs. It allows you to stretch your tight muscles and train your weaker muscles to correct muscle imbalances and prevent injuries. It allows you to burn the extra calories you need to see significant weight loss. Exercise challenges the cardiovascular system to keep the heart and lungs healthy. It is also important in order to stay strong so you can continue to perform your job successfully. To learn more about how to get started on an exercise program tailored to your individual needs, contact our personal trainers today!