Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight
loss and weight maintenance. It also can help prevent several
diseases and improve your overall health. It does not matter what
type of physical activity you perform--sports, planned exercise,
household chores, yard work, or work-related tasks--all are
beneficial. Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain
significant health benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of
physical activity per day. Based on these findings, the U.S. Public
Health Service has identified increased physical activity as a
priority in Healthy People, our national objectives to improve
the health of Americans.
Research consistently shows that regular physical activity,
combined with healthy eating habits, is the most efficient and
healthful way to control your weight. Whether you are trying to lose
weight or maintain it, you should understand the important role of
physical activity and include it in your lifestyle.