Physical activity

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  • Physical activity
    • Participation in physcial activity
      • The focus is on physical activity as a necessary experience for the development of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.
      • This is a wider concept than physical activity as a recreational and sporting experience.
      • It is a life time commitment, which involves healthy attitudes in all walks of life, both work and leisure, for all ages.
    • Physical activity
      • Physical activity is taken to be gross motor movement, where major parts of the body are highly active. It is a necessary feature of modern society.
        • Valuable in itself, but important as part of the broader concept of having a healthy lifestyle.
      • The focus is to link a healthy lifestyle with physical exercise as it should exist in physical and outdoor recreation and education + various levels of sport.
    • Physical exercise
      • Physical exercise describes human activity in which the body, or parts of the body are moved vigorously.
      • The sedentary nature of modern life fails to give us the physical activity our bodies need for a long and active life.
      • The causes are the increased availability of transport, as opposed to the need to walk or run, the widening availability of non-exercise based recreational activities such as games.
      • To achieve the benefits of physical exercise, recommendations by leading authorities emphasise the values of:
        • Regularity, for example a minimum of exercise three times per week, 20 minute duration.
        • With a degree of intensity sufficient to raise the pulse and breathing rates to 70% maximum.
        • The intention of sustaining this improved condition, thus promoting long-term health.
        • Giving the individual a more balanced attitude towards personal fitness.
        • For these reasons, lifetime sport or life-long physical activity are valuable goals in life, enabling people to live longer with fewer health complications and with a greater enjoyment of a full and active life.
    • Obesity
      • Inactivity and bad eating habits have led to the problem of obesity in our society, particularly as it affects young people and individuals.
      • Parents, schools and the media must take there share of the blame.
      • In the case of children, physical activity is the result of:
        • Constant car use
        • Limited physical education on the curriculum.
        • The discouragement of vigorous play activities in the playground.
        • Many cases of school fields being sold off or not being fully utilised.

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