Movement & Nature
"If physical activity were a drug, we would refer to it as a miracle cure, due to the great many illnesses it can prevent and help treat."
- UK Chief Medical Officer, Sept 2019
Why is it so important to keep active?
What counts as physical activity?
Exercise vs Physical Activity
Exercise is purposeful, organized, planned and recurring activity with the intention of improving or maintaining health and fitness
Physical Activity is any movement that causes your muscles to contract so that energy use is more than at resting state, this include but is not limited to exercise. Other examples of physical activity include:
GOV.UK Health Matters, provides information on the benefits of physical activity in prevention and management of long-term conditions in adults.
UK Chief Medical Officer's Physical Activity Guidelines provide guidance on the recommended physical activity for both children and adults.
Moving Medicine is an initiative led by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK, in partnership with Public Health England and Sport England. It provides a digital toolkit for clinicians on how to discuss physical activity with patients.