The terms “physical fitness” and “physical activity” are often used interchangeably. However, they aren’t necessarily the same thing.
The World Health Organization defines physical activity as “any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure.” So, walking, biking and playing a sport would fall into this category.
Meanwhile, physical fitness is a more “performance-based” concept and is something that can be measured like push-ups or how fast you can run a mile.
Both have positive impacts on the body. They also can prevent or at the very least delay health conditions. Physical fitness and physical activity also slow down the aging process.
On the other hand, choosing to skip out on either can result in a slower metabolism which can lead to weight gain and a weakened immune system, among other things.
The Center for Disease Control says just 150 minutes a week will get the job done.
To break it down that’s just 30 minutes, five times a day.