When we think of activity usually as a sporting activity, where people participate in more physically energetic sports as fun and to test our competitive ability; such as in playing tennis, ice and field hockey and football.
However, the term ‘activity’ can also mean anything that uses physical movement of our limbs to create muscular action, plus using coordination and strength to move our muscles and skeletal joints around with an element of skill.
This can be for are other sporting activities such as curling, recreational activities such as bowls, hobby activities such as needlecraft, work activities such as woodwork and so on. They are all under the umbrella of productive activities, because there is a purpose of creating something for the goal during the activity.
Playing any type of games is productive, because the aim is to win the game, which also provides competitiveness, socialization and brain stimulation for testing our mental acuity, through concentration and skill, more than muscular strength and fitness.
Sporting activities need practise for obtaining greater strength and skill, with the aim to become better than the opponent for winning the ultimate prize that brings prestige and honor.
The focus on daily productive activities is different in because they are a repetitious activity performed daily so that little physical or cognitive effort is put into them as repeat them each day.
It means our physical and cognitive actions have little concentrated effort, because we do them without even thinking about how we perform them.
We call these tasks daily living activities, or functional performance activities; which are completed for enabling personal autonomy and independence in daily living.
Maintaining our functional independence in daily living is the most important aspect of personal control that we have, because if we are not able to be independent; then we lose the ability to control of our own personal life. If we ever become very sick, we may end up in hospital, because we are unable to take care of ourselves.
Hospitals remove our personal control, in order to take care of our medical problems. Hospitals, like all institutions are organized on tight schedules; with meals at a specific times, visitors at other times and doctor’s visits always in the morning.
They provide very little personal control to the ‘consumer, or the patient; until you are able to return home and only then is control reinstated. It means you can return to living a full and active life as you choose, through independence and autonomy.
If you are not able to achieve this ability, it means that your health will be poor and you are unable to take care of yourself. It may mean that you need to be looked after by other people and which means institutional care in either a hospital or nursing home.
All types of productive activity are used to help you live an independent and autonomous life. This is your ultimate goal in daily living, because without this ability; you will not be in control of the choices you make in living your own life.
Enabling productively, safe activity cannot be over-emphasized, because if we ever become so seriously physically impaired with functional limitations; which can happen if we gain too much weight. Our physical health will suffer and we lose our ability to maintain our personal independence in our daily functional activities. Losing any of these tasks is the first step to losing control of our daily life.
Our goal as human beings is to remain productively active in everything we do, so that we remain independent, participatory and functional, in order to be a holistically, self-fulfilled person.