Whether you exercise to stay healthy, or to enhance certain skills, the choice you made to start is already an achievement!

Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health implications. The benefits of exercising are aplenty:

Strengthens your heart, bones and body as a whole

Improves sleep, cognition and memory

Reduces stress and improves your quality of life

Reduces risk of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases

Quick Tip: It is recommended to have at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (e.g. jogging, swimming, aerobics) per week. That’s less than 30 minutes a day!

What is physical fitness?

Physical fitness consists of health and skill related components. Health related fitness is the ability to improve physical health and stay healthy. Skill related fitness enhances ability to perform everyday activities and sports performance.

What exactly is physical activity?

Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by our muscles that requires energy (e.g. doing house chores, walking to a bus stop and using the stairs instead of lift). “Physical activity” should not be mistaken with “exercise”, which is a subcategory of physical activity. Exercise is planned, structured and purposeful with the intention of acquiring fitness or health benefits (e.g. swimming, weight lifting and jogging).

Health-related Physical Fitness Skill Related Physical Fitness
Cardiovascular endurance
Body Composition
Muscular strength & endurance
Agility & reaction time
Examples of activities include jogging, climbing the stairs and weightlifting Examples of activities include racket sports, golf and yoga