Being physically active is just as important as eating right tomaintain a healthy weight. It's half of the
: balancing ENERGY IN from calories and nutrients in our food,and ENERGY OUT from our daily activities.
Many Americans don't get the necessary physical activity toachieve energy balance. Many adults work at jobs that require moretime sitting at a desk or in a meeting than being physicallyactive. Children spend more time sitting in school. Families spendhours sitting in front of TVs, playing video games, and usingpersonal computers.
In addition, studies show that people often eat when they are infront of a screen, and this habit can be double trouble for aperson's weight—very little ENERGY OUT to burn off all thatENERGY IN.
To help family members maintain a healthy weight or lose weight,it is best to change the energy balance on both sides—thatis, reduce the ENERGY IN and increase ENERGY OUT.
You and your family can benefit from physical activity. Itcan:
- Keep your body healthy
- Burn calories to help you stay at a healthy weight
- Make your bones and muscles strong
- Make you feel energetic
- Build strength and endurance
- Help relieve stress
- Help you sleep better
- Help your mental health
- Help you feel good about yourself
- Give you something to do when you are bored
- Be a fun way to spend time with family and friends
How much physical activity should your family get?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/U.S. Departmentof Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend thatchildren and teens be physically active for at least 60 minutes onmost, if not all, days.
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