physical exercise

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Noun1.physical exercise - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fitphysical exercise - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"
cardiopulmonary exercise - exercise intended to strengthen the circulatory system
gymnastic exercise - (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
kick up - raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
exercise set, set - several exercises intended to be done in series; "he did four sets of the incline bench press"
anaerobic exercise, bodybuilding, muscle building, musclebuilding - exercise that builds muscles through tension
calisthenics, callisthenics - light exercises designed to promote general fitness; "several different calisthenics were illustrated in the video"
isometric exercise, isometrics - muscle-building exercises (or a system of musclebuilding exercises) involving muscular contractions against resistance without movement (the muscles contracts but the length of the muscle does not change)
isotonic exercise - exercise in which opposing muscles contract and there is controlled movement (tension is constant while the lengths of the muscles change); "the classic isotonic exercise is lifting free weights"
Kegel exercises, pubococcygeus exercises - exercises for women designed to improve the ability to hold urine
stretching, stretch - exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
arm exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the arm muscles
back exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the back muscles
leg exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles
neck exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles
stomach exercise, tummy crunch - an exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles
yoga - a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind
References in classic literature ?
You naturally couldn't go in for anything that required physical activity.
Boosting physical activity levels among the seniors seems to be as good for health as giving up smoking, the findings suggest, Khaleej Times reported.
Participants were asked to record the average number of days per week and average number of hours per day they performed mild, moderate, or vigorous physical activity for each decade of life.
To measure the women's level of physical activity at work, the authors asked them to describe their "usual physical activity while on the job," and then categorized it as sitting, standing, or manually active.
The greatest benefits are gained when you start taking part in regular physical activity even if you've been inactive for a while - you'll notice the difference as soon as you begin.
Present study investigates the effects of physical activity on health related quality of life.
The annual event is organised by Agita Mundo, the global physical activity promotion network, in cooperation with the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
This research by UCL (University College London) suggested that physical activity and sitting time (or 'sedentariness') were two common lifestyle-related behaviours that are associated with obesity and metabolic health, as well as with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and with all-cause mortality.
Brownson, Baker, Housemann, Brennan, and Bacak (2001) showed that the four most common barriers to physical activity were lack of time, feeling too tired, difficulty obtaining physical activity during work, and a lack of motivation.
It is also a tool to assist the population and healthcare professionals in getting benefits out of physical activity.
Currently, there are various methods to assess physical activity in daily life, including objective measures, such as heart rate, accelerometry, and pedometry, and subjective recall questionnaires or physical activity diaries.
Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the report on strategies to get more young Americans moving points to school settings as "a realistic and evidence-based opportunity to increase physical activity among youth.

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