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McMaster Okanagan Committee

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Physical Activity Sub-Committee

Movement is physical activity.

Being active is unique to each person, based on their interest and ability. It is whatever works best for you. Broadly speaking, physical activity has two distinctions: exercise and movement.

Exercise involves physical activity that ranges from low- to moderate- or to high- intensity. Walking, cycling, yoga, or playing sports are all common examples of exercise. Movement speaks to the activation of muscles in a broader sense such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming, playing with your dog, or gardening. There are so many more ways we can incorporate exercise and movement into our daily lives!

Physical activity through both exercise and movement is proven to improve your health and well-being, including mental health and quality of life. Specifically, regular engagement in activity has been proven to prevent certain illness such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Being active, in a way that fits for you, is one pillar of well-being, so it is important that we incorporate it into our daily lives!

The Okanagan Committee is here to support the McMaster community ‘move more’ and enjoy activity in its many different forms.