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Are Exercise and Physical Activity the Same Thing?

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

In Dan Buettner’s book “Blue Zones” he enlightens readers on how centenarians – people who have lived to be 100 years old – lead lifestyles that naturally induce movement. This is mostly in the form of gardening, house work and walking to most places. Upon analysing their days, Buettner found that they were physically active in some form every 20 minutes, albeit at low to moderate intensity. This point holds significance if the purpose behind exercise endeavours is to be healthy across your lifespan and physical activity research supports this. Shifting the focus from exercising to being physically active could lead to adopting a truly active lifestyle and benefit your health in the long term.

What is the Difference?