There are five types of physical activity: structured, leisure, occupational, household, and commuting physical activity. To achieve permanent weight loss, increase the amount of physical activity (all five types) you get each day.
This is physical activity you purposefully plan to achieve a particular goal. For example, walking on the treadmill, taking water aerobics classes, or doing any other type of exercise to lose weight.
This is physical activity you get outside of work and home. For example:
This is physical activity you get on the job. For example:
This is physical activity you get at home. For example:
Activity you get traveling to and from work. For example:
Source: ACSM Position Stand: Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults
Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to see just how active you, and measure increases in your level of physical activity.
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