Why encourage physical activity? “Physical activity” is what occurs any time that the body moves beyond the activities done as part of a normal day.
Regular physical activity is good for health and helps individuals achieve what WW likes to call “non-scale victories”. 1,2,3,4 These benefits of physical activity include:
Reduced risk of:
In addition to these health benefits, the scientific literature suggests that changing what a person eats and increasing physical activity leads to 20 percent greater weight loss than changing eating habits alone.1,2,4 Additionally, physical activity may be the single best predictor of who keeps weight off and who doesn’t.6
What is the FitPoints 2.0 system?
Upon signing up for WW Freestyle, members answer a physical activity questionnaire which determines their personalized Weekly FitPoints goal. This goal meets the member where they are and is personalized based on their current level of activity and weight.
Members earn FitPoints for all movement, from housework to running, based on their current weight, the number of minutes they did the activity and the intensity level.
Goals are flexible—a member can bump their goal up or down at any time.
How does WW encourage members to move more?
Our physical activity interventions lean on insights from a variety of national and global public health guidellines.9,10,11 We encourage members to be active daily, gradually building their activity level, try a variety of activities (including endurance, high intensity and strength training) and find ways to incorporate movement into their daily lives.
Most importantly, we also encourage members to find ways to move for pleasure, not because they “should.” Research has shown that when individuals move in ways they enjoy, they’re more likely to make activity a part of their life.12 Research has also found that individuals who engaged in physical activity for pleasure were more likely to lose weight and sustain the weight loss over time, compared to those who moved for “exercise”. In the same study, individuals who were active with the goal to improve quality of life moved significantly more than those with weight-loss goals.13
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8Gill DL, et al. (2013). Physical Activity and Quality of Life. J Prev Med Public Health. 46: S28-S34.
9World Health Organization. Global recommendations on physical activity for health. 2010. Accessed March 21, 2018 at: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/44399/1/9789241599979_eng.pdf
10National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Fact Sheet 4: Physical activity guidelines for adults (19-64 years). 2015. Accessed March 21, 2018 at: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Documents/adults-19-64-years.pdf
11U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Available at https://health.gov/paguidelines/pdf/paguide.pdf
12Segar ML. (2015). No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. AMACOM American Management Association.
13Segar ML, Eccles JS, Richardson CR. (2011). Rebranding exercise: closing the gap between values and behavior. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 8: 94.