What Counts As Exercise? 10 Daily Activities You’re Already Doing

Even if you don’t hit the gym, you might be getting plenty of physical activity throughout your regular day.

Even if you don’t hit the gym, you might be getting plenty of physical activity throughout your regular day.

Kim Wong-Shing

Senior Associate Editor

Kim Wong-Shing is a senior associate editor at CNET, covering health and wellness. She has five years of experience in digital media, and she loves demystifying the world of wellness to make it accessible for a range of different readers.

Only 23% of US adults meet all of the guidelines for weekly exercise, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even though studies have found that people do understand the health benefits of working out and want to work out more. 

So what gives? There are a lot of reasons that people don’t exercise more. You may be short on time or energy, or you may not have the equipment or gear that you feel like you need.

But while you might imagine sneakers, sports bras and weight benches when you think of “exercise,” you don’t have to hit the gym to meet the CDC’s guidelines for physical activity. In fact, the CDC’s 2018 National Health Statistics report, which contains that 23% statistic, doesn’t mention the word “exercise” once. Instead, it’s all about physical activity and movement — whether for work, play or by doctor’s orders.