Any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure, and increases heart rate and breathing.
Light Physical Activity (LPA)
Light physical activities do not result in sweat production or shortness of breath. “Incidental activities” are typically light-intensity physical activities.
Examples: slow walking, stretching
Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA)
MVPA is intense enough to increase heart rate and elevate body temperature. With MVPA, a person can talk but is unable to sing.
Examples: running, jumping rope, tennis, swimming
Any waking behaviour characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs), while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture.
Refers to the time spent on screen-based behaviours. These behaviours can be performed while being sedentary or physically active.
Physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and purposive in the sense that improvement or maintenance of one or more components of physical fitness is the objective.
A level of physical activity that is not enough to meet present physical activity recommendations.
The ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and respond to emergencies.
An individual’s belief in his or her ability to achieve a goal or complete a task.
The motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.
Energetic or Active Play
Similar to moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA), Energetic or Active Play is more appropriately contextualized for the early years and refers to activities for young children that get them working hard, breathing heavily and feeling warm.
Refers to any form of human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding.
Human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects (more than three months).
Dynamic activities that involve large muscle groups and result in substantial increases in heart rate and energy expenditure.
The ability of a muscle to exert a force against resistance.
A measure of the body’s ability to work for an extended amount of time (i.e., how long a muscle can perform).
The range of motion of joints or the ability of joints to move freely. It also refers to the mobility of your muscles, which allows for more movement around the joints.
Refers to any transformation or modification of human behaviour or patterns.
Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment.