Two terms often interchanged but with very different meanings: Physical Activity and Exercise. An article by Barbara Ross on the Everyday Health website takes a look at how these two terms differ and why it is important to know why they are not the same:
“Physical activity is defined as movement that involves contraction of your muscles. Any of the activities we do throughout the day that involve movement — housework, gardening, walking, climbing stairs — are examples of physical activity.
Exercise is a specific form of physical activity — planned, purposeful physical activity performed with the intention of acquiring fitness or other health benefits, says David Bassett, Jr., PhD, a professor in the department of exercise, sport, and leisure studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.”