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How do you know if you are sedentary, active or very active?

Last week we published our very first article of the year. We have shown you that 95% of French people lack physical activity by demonstrating the reasons and the health risks.

But then, how do I really know if I am doing enough physical activity? 

We'll explaine everything here !

First of all, to put you in context, we give you some important definitions to understand everything.

Physical activity : any bodily movement produced by the contraction of skeletal muscles resulting in an increase in energy expenditure compared to energy expenditure at rest. (Caspersen, Powell and Christenson 1985). Physical activity is therefore characterized by its type (what physical activity), its duration (for how long), its frequency (how regular) and its intensity (what physical investment and what energy expenditure).. 

physical inactivity : insufficient level of physical activity that is below the recommended threshold, which indicates doing at least 30 minutes of physical activity of moderate intensity, at least five times a week, which corresponds to level 1 of activity to be in good health.

Sedentary lifestyle : a state of wakefulness characterized by low energy expenditure in a seated or lying position.

But then, how to be part of the 5% of French adults who practice enough physical activity??

If you exercise the above 3 levels, throughout the week, then indeed, you are part of the fit and healthy 5%.

If we take the elements of level 1 which plans to practice a cardiovascular activity at least 30 minutes a day and 5 times a week to be in good health, the regularity of a physical activity of moderate intensity is the key, both both from a cardiovascular and a musculoskeletal point of view.

According to the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES), work and sport are the most frequent contexts of physical activity requiring resistance muscular work. It is estimated in France that 37% of the adult population is below the threshold of 40 minutes per week of muscular work in resistance (level 2). And it is when we take into account the first 2 stages, only 21% of the French adult population reaches both the thresholds in terms of duration and frequency.

If we add level 3, which concerns flexibility and stretching exercises 2 to 3 times a week, this is where we reach the 95% of adults who do not reach the thresholds in duration and frequency of practice in France.

It should also be noted that 70% of women do not reach a single threshold compared to 42% of men.

We, at Øzers, to help you recover better after exercise, we have concocted a recipe with a natural taste that resembles almond milk and a slight taste of vanilla to amaze your taste buds. There are already several professional sportsmen and women among our followers.

To help you better situate yourself, here is a summary table of daily activities according to their level of intensity.

You can already get an idea of your activity intensity by following the examples in this table.


Some people, taken by time or lack of motivation during the week, will try to catch up on the weekend. However, this practice called weekend warrior » carries more health risks, including higher cardiovascular risk or musculoskeletal injuries, than regular activity.

So, tell us in comments your frequency of physical activities :)




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