The Benefits of Exercise and the 4 Levels of Physical Activity

How active do you think you are?

A lot of research has been done in recent years to determine the length between activity and physical and mental health.

Today, we’ll walk through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services list of benefits you can gain from exercise, which ranges from losing fat and improving your bone health to reducing depression and decreasing the risk of heart disease.

We’ll discuss the ins-and-outs of exercise, as well as the four levels of physical activity

By the end of this episode, you’ll know exactly which level you fall into and, more importantly, exactly what type of activities you need to do to reach the next level and reap even more benefits.

In this episode, we talk about…

  • [01:36] How active do you think you are?
  • [02:30] The benefits of exercise.
  • [04:19] Level 1: Inactive
  • [05:44] Level 2: Insufficiently active
  • [06:02] Level 3: Active
  • [06:22] Level 4: Highly active
  • [07:19] Simple ways to move more and sit less.
  • [08:30] What is “moderate” and “vigorous” activity and what are some examples?
  • [13:04] Why strength training is vital.
  • [14:54] Does tracking your steps help?
  • [16:18] Why it’s important to take before pictures.
  • [17:09] How exercise reduces depression and anxiety.

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