Activity and exercise



Publication Details

Moxham, L. & Reaburn, P. (2012). Activity and exercise. In A. Berman, S. Snyder, B. Kozier, G. L. Erb, T. Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer, M. Hales, N. Harvey, Y. Luxford, L. Moxham, T. Park, B. Parker, K. Reid-Searl & D. Stanley (Eds.), Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing (pp. 1248-1306). Frenchs Forest, N.S.W: Pearson Australia.


Whether we engage our diaphragm muscle to improve oxygenation, walk along a beach to achieve greater peace of mind, practise yoga while lying in bed, or have a jog after work, our ability to move is an essential aspect of our wellbeing. Psychophysiological self-regulation and overall health are affected by our activities. In ancient times, individuals such as Hippocrates and Aristotle understood the importance of activity and exercise. Hippocrates (460-377 Be) argued strongly that, with use, all parts of the body become healthy, well developed and age more slowly, but if unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.

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