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10 facts on physical activity

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Both moderate and vigorous intensity physical activity bring health benefits

Intensity refers to the rate at which the activity is being performed. It can be thought of as "how hard a person works to do the activity".

The intensity of different forms of physical activity varies between people. Depending on an individual's relative level of fitness, examples of moderate physical activity could include: brisk walking, dancing or household chores. Examples of vigorous physical activity could be: running, fast cycling, fast swimming or moving heavy loads.

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