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The World Health Organization (WHO) defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Physical activity is often mistaken with exercise. Exercise is a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and purposeful in the sense that the improvement or maintenance of one or more components of physical fitness is the objective.
Physical activity in the workplace
Studies have shown that people who are physically active have higher chances of living longer. Moreover, evidence also shows that health and wellness in the workplace are a vital part of any organisation’s success. Employees who are healthier and more productive are less likely to suffer from sickness and skip work.
Health staff in Central Eastern Tamavua take these issues very seriously, and even have set up a Wellness Wednesday programme. They also play regular lunchtime football games in order to stay physically fit and healthy.
Benefits of physical activity
Physical activity can also help prevent several diseases such as type-2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, as well as improve overall health. It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform: playing, working, active transportation, house chores or recreational activities- all are beneficial. According to WHO, 1 in 4 adults worldwide are not active enough.
As per WHO recommendations, at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity should be performed throughout the week.
POLHN’s online physical activity & fitness course has been specifically designed for healthcare professionals to gain knowledge about the importance of physical activity and to provide guidance on how to optimise physical health. This course consists of 4 modules and there is a quiz at the end of each module. Students must pass their quizzes in order to successfully generate a certificate of completion.
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