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What is physical activity?

Physical activity is more than just exercise, it is everything we do that uses energy. How physically active are you?

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Physical activity is any bodily movement you do that requires energy. Physical activity includes exercise but can also include daily activities such as stretching, yard work, climbing stairs or performing chores. 

Depending on your current health you may notice that you are more tired than usual. There are many reasons to be tired when coping with an illness or disease. You might be tired by your emotions, maybe the disease itself is making you tired, your treatment plan might be exhausting and making you sick, or you might be recovering and healing from recent treatment.  Whatever the cause might be, it is still important to balance your rest with physical activity. 

Consult with your healthcare team to determine what level and types of physical activity are safe for you.


Be intentional about your physical activity

Our society is becoming less active and more tech dependent. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased our dependency on technology because now we are using our computers and phones to fill our needs.  You used to have to walk through stores to pick up groceries and supplies. Now most things are available at the touch of your fingertips. Because of this you may not be getting as much physical activity as you used to.

Take a moment and think about all the different physical activities you have performed in the past week!

Some days this might be walking to the mailbox or moving from one room to another. Other days you may feel you have enough energy to work out. Find a balance that is right for you. Something that gets you moving but doesn’t tire you out for the next week. 

It’s important to note that sometimes being more active can actually make you feel more energetic. So, if you’ve noticed that you are really tired and it has been a while since you moved your body, try going for a walk outside or take a few laps around your home. 

How can you be more intentional about your daily physical activity?
  • Walk to the mailbox a couple of times a day
  • Walk around the block everyday
  • Climb stairs
  • Do squats while waiting for your food to cook
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