Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Active extended family runningPhysical activity is one of the factors that may help you to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. It is one component of the energy balance equation. What you eat and drink is energy in. What you burn through daily activity, exercise and body processes is energy out.  When thinking about managing your weight:

  • If energy in equals energy out, weight stays the same
  • If energy in is greater than energy out, weight increases
  • If energy in is less than energy out, weight decreases.

It is important to remember that regardless of whether you are trying to maintain or achieve a healthy weight, and regardless of whether you are successful, being physically active has many other benefits.

Regular physical activity can improve your quality of life and can help you:

  • Feel less anxious and depressed
  • Sleep better
  • Create opportunities to spend time with other people
  • Feel like you have more energy
  • Get more out of life!

It can also help to prevent and manage health conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some cancers, especially of the bowel and breast
  • Osteoporosis (weak bones).

Being physically active throughout life helps you maintain your physical strength and mobility and your quality of life as you age.



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