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Physical Activity

Physical Activity


Physical activity refers to any bodily movement that requires energy expenditure, such as walking, swimming, cycling, or jogging. The term encompasses all types of exercise, sports, and other physical activities, from leisurely strolls to vigorous workouts.


Examples of physical activity include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Running
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Playing sports (e.g. basketball, soccer, tennis)

Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for physical activity include exercise, movement, fitness, and workout. Antonyms could be sedentary behavior or inactivity.

Related Terms

Related terms to physical activity include:

  • Baseline activity level: the amount of physical activity an individual performs regularly in their daily life.
  • Exercise: a structured and planned form of physical activity with specific goals for improvement of fitness.
  • Cardiovascular exercise: a type of exercise that increases heart rate and breathing rate, including activities like running and swimming.
  • Muscular strength and endurance training: a type of exercise that involves lifting weights or using resistance to build muscle strength and endurance.


Physical activity has numerous benefits, including:

  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • Reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease
  • Strengthening bones and muscles
  • Boosting mood and mental health
  • Improving sleep
  • Controlling or maintaining a healthy weight

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