Physical Activity vs. Exercise

“I don’t understand. I am busy and active with tasks all day long, but I just can’t seem to lose any weight.”

A common misconception is that physical activity and exercise are one and the same. While these terms are often used interchangeably, there is a very important difference in the purpose and outcomes.

Physical activity is defined as the process of exerting energy for a task. Exercise is physical activity that is planned, structured and repetitive for the purpose of conditioning the body. Exercise is prolonged physical activity that is of a higher duration than typical daily tasks.

Many of us get physical activity during working hours or at home with chores. During this time the heart rate is increased above the resting state, but only for a few minutes. We work hard for a short interval followed by rest, allowing the heart rate to lower again. Incorporating this type of physical activity into your day is encouraged and beneficial. However, when it comes to a goal of improving cardiovascular health or weight management, your body needs planned and structured exercise.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, adults are to accumulate 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. An example of this would be to ride a bike for 30 minutes for days per week. It is also acceptable to accumulate this in short 10-minute bouts throughout the week. More exercise, 300 minutes per week, is recommended to improve health status or to reduce body weight.

Adults should also incorporate resistance training to improve muscular strength and endurance. Increased lean muscle tissue boosts the metabolism so that the body burns more calories even in the resting state. Strong muscles allow you to more easily complete regular daily activities, reduce fall risk and create an appearance of a toned body.

The annual New Year, New You community wellness challenge begins Monday. Get your co-workers, friends, or family together and form a team to compete within our community for a healthier lifestyle. The challenge is a great opportunity to start or support your current personal wellness plan through motivation, accountability, variety and education.

Registration information can be found at or call the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Wellness Center at 701-952-4891 for details.

JRMC Welcomes Athletic Trainer

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is pleased to welcome Certified Athletic Trainer, Andrew Randall to its newly-formed Sports Medicine Team.

Randall will provided full-time athletic training coverage for Jamestown High School and Blue Jay varsity athletics. Services will include prevention of athletic injuries, advice to coaches to optimize performance and provide immediate care of athletic injuries. He will also design and supervise rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries under the direction of a referring physician.

“I look forward to the opportunities to help athletes prevent injuries, provide insight to enhance performance and to be able to train athletes back into their competitive stage following an injury,” stated Randall, “I am very fortunate to get the chance to engage with the athletes and the high school in the new partnership that has recently been created.”

A native of Steele, Randall graduated Magna Cum Laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead with an undergraduate degree in Biology. He continued his education and received a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at Montana State University Billings.

JRMC’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department was recently named “The Official Sports Medicine Team for Blue Jay Athletics.” Through this partnership JRMC and Jamestown Public Schools will work together to make sure the athletes receive the training and care that they need to stay competitive. All athletes will have access to services at JRMC such as orthopedics and rehabilitation.