Physical Activity & Nutrition

Physical activity and nutrition work together for better health. For example, physical activity increases the amount of calories you use. For those who have intentionally lost wight, being active makes it easier to maintain the weight loss.

Physical activity and nutrition work together in more ways than weight management. Increasing the calories you use allows you to eat more, which makes it easier to get the nutrients you need. Physical activity and nutrition work together for bone health too. Calcium and other nutrients are needed to build and maintain strong bones, but physical activity is needed as well.

Make Physical Activity a Regular Part of Your Routine

Choose activities that you enjoy and that you can do regularly. Some people prefer activities that fit into their daily routine, like gardening or taking extra trips up and down stairs. Others prefer a regular exercise program, such as a physical activity program at their work site. Some do both. The important thing is to be physically active every day.

Most adults do not need to see their health care provider before starting to become more physically active. However, if you are planning to start a vigorous activity plan and have one or more of the conditions below, consult your health care provider.

  • Chronic health problem such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, or obesity.
  • High risk for heart disease.
  • Over age 40 for men or 50 for women.