June 6, 2011

Fitness and Healthy Living Part 2

“Weight” for Health - The Food-Activity Connection

Guideline 2 – Balance the food you eat with physical activity; maintain or improve your weight.

Are you at a healthy weight? Many of us, adults, gain weight with every decade. But extra kilograms of body fat probably are not in our best health interest. Added body fat increases the risk for many health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, arthritis, breathing problems and other illnesses.

Most adults are wise not to gain weight. If you are overweight and especially if you already have one of these health problems, you are wise to trim down. At the very least, manage your weight so you do not gain more. (Note: Being overweight is a problem when extra pounds come from excess body fat. Strenuous workouts build muscle. Extra weight is not a problem when it comes from more muscle.)

Manage your weight with a combination approach-balancing the energy, or calories, that you eat with at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week.

Moderate Activity – What Is It?

Moderate physical activity uses about 150 calories a day or about 1000 calories a week. For that amount of energy expenditure, you might spend more time on less vigorous activities, such as brisk walking, or spend less time on more vigorous activities, such as running. *

*Some activities can be performed at various intensities. The suggested durations correspond to the expected intensity of effort.

The above information were based on my readings about health guide.


MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP

at the main altar of the Redemptorist Church in Cebu City, Philippines

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