Physical activity is any activity that teenagers may engage in that helps to improve or maintain physical fitness as well as teen health in general. Physical activity is essential for healthy growth and development.
Physical activity isn't necessarily 'exercise'. Teens do not have to play an organised sport or do push-ups to benefit; free outdoor play is just as important and valuable.
Physical activity can include:
- Everyday activities: For example, walking or cycling to school, doing housework, gardening, or any active work that teens may do as part of their daily routine.
- Active recreational activities: This includes activities such as dancing and swimming, active play amongst friends and family members, or walking or cycling for recreation.
- Sport: For example, exercise and fitness training at a gym or during an exercise class, swimming and competitive sports such as soccer, rugby, netball and basketball, etc.
It becomes easier to participate in physical activity when teens make daily plans for when and where they can be active.