What is physical activity?

Physical activity is any bodily movement that requires energy expenditure. It is an important part of maintaining one’s physical health, as well as mental health. Exercise brings many benefits including:

  • Lowered risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved mood
  • Social interaction (in group workout activities)
  • Increase in energy levels
  • Brain health and memory

What counts as physical activity?

Physical activity can encompass anything ranging from high-intensity to low-intensity.

Some examples of high-intensity exercise include:

  • Team sports (i.e. soccer, basketball, hockey)
  • Running
  • Weight-training
  • Swimming

Low-intensity exercise includes:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi


Physical Activity in the COVID-19 Pandemic

There are still ways to remain physically active despite quarantine restrictions and social distancing! Doing at-home workouts and engaging in live online workout sessions are great ways to continue staying active. 


Physical Activity Resources

York University is currently holding MUV online fitness classes. These sessions range in a variety of activities, including yoga, muay thai, and full body strength training. Check out their programming here. 


**The Glendon Athletic Club (GAC) offers $20 yearly memberships to students, giving them full access to all facilities and other perks. Find out more on their website: https://www.glendon.yorku.ca/gac/for-students/ 


**Note: due to the ongoing pandemic, the GAC is closed and has suspended all activities until further notice. They can be reached at gac@glendon.yorku.ca for all questions related to their services.