Health: Diet and Exercise Wellness Center
  • Search Wellness Centers
  • Find a Pharmacy
    Enter your Zip code or city to find your Local Pharmacy
  • Diet & Exercise Wellness Center
  • Keeping Your Energy in Balance

    Whether you want to maintain your weight or shed some extra pounds, use this simple guide to determine how much exercise is needed for different goals.

  • Energy balance is the simple process of how our bodies use food for energy and burn it off. When we eat food, our bodies turn the calories into energy. We use this energy for simple everyday movements like breathing, walking, talking, etc.

    The basic measurement of energy is called a calorie. Nutritional labels state the number of calories in one serving of a product. Every day your body is taking in calories when you eat and burning them when you move.

    Your weight is directly influenced by your calorie consumption relative to your calories burned. When calories consumed equal calories burned, the result is energy balance.

    All foods can fit into a sensible meal pattern when you’re trying to maintain energy balance. Energy balance is not about what you eat at one meal or your activity level on a given morning. Instead, it’s about your consumption and activity patterns, over days, weeks and months. By matching what you eat with what you do, you can achieve energy balance!

    You can always check with a registered dietitian if you’d like to develop a program that works best for you.

    This tool is designed to simply convey the concept of energy balance based on a 60-minute period. As a healthy lifestyle guide, the principles should be practiced all the time for the best results.

    Where Does Exercise Come In?

    If you eat more calories than you burn, you will likely start to gain weight. Burn more calories during exercise than you eat and you will likely start to lose weight. Of course the number of calories you burn depends on your weight, as well as on the intensity of the activity you choose. And you can maintain your current weight by keeping your energy in balance.

    The 2005 Dietary Guidelines contain three primary recommendations regarding length of physical activity for adults:

    • Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week if your goal is simply to reduce health risks
    • Step it up to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity most days of the week if your goal is to manage body weight and prevent gradual weight gain
    • You’ll need to try for 60-90 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity daily if your goal is to initiate active weight loss

     

    Also, keep in mind that you should always try to balance your activity with your calorie intake.


  • Used with permission. ©2015 Walmart. All Rights Reserved. 

     
    Important Walmart Disclaimer: All content provided is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a medical professional. Consult your medical professional for guidance before changing or undertaking any diet, exercise or health program, or before using any prescription or over-the-counter drug. Neither the author nor Walmart.com assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter. Walmart does not sponsor, recommend or endorse any third party, product, service or information provided on this site. If you have dietary restrictions and/or allergies, always read the ingredient list carefully for all products prior to consumption. If the ingredient list is not available on the product, check with the product manufacturer, or do not consume the product.

  • You may like...

    • LifeTrak R450 Brite 24-Hour Activity Tracker, White/Orchid

      $11999

    • Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

      $10687

    • Jawbone UP24

      $9887

    • Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Sleep Band

      $9995

    • Fitbit Zip Wireless Act Tracker

      $5988

    • Fitbit One Wireless Act Tracker

      $9988

    • Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

      $5988

    • Perfect Fitness LED Arm Band

      $1497

    • SYNC Burn Fitness Band, Black

      $7601

    • Weider Total Body Works 5000 with Bonus 6-Piece Puzzle Mat Bundle

      $12900

    • Total Gym 1400 Total Home Gym with Workout DVD

      $29999

    • Total Gym 1100 Total Home Gym with Workout DVD

      $19900

    • Weider 2980 214 lb Stack Home Gym

      $24700

    • Stamina Power Tower Home Gym

      $9995

    • Bowflex BodyTower

      $26264

    • Weider MMA VKR Power Tower

      $18966

      Out of stock online

    • ProGear 275 Extended Capacity Power Tower Fitness Station

      $16997

    • Gold's Gym Long Series Resistance Tube Kit

      $965

    • Gold's Gym Long Resistance Tube

      $495

    • Gold's Gym Stretch Band Loops

      $897

    • Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set

      $2999

    • Gold's Gym Power Resistance Tube, Extra Heavy

      $902

    • Gold's Gym 6' Stretch Band, Light

      $777

    • Gold's Gym Power Training Band, Extra Heavy

      $1777

    • Valeo Chin Up Bar

      $1399

    • Gold's Gym Door Gym

      $1224

      Out of stock online

    • Ab Roller Evolution

      $2927

    • Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer 36" Mini Trampoline

      $3877

    • Tone Fitness 65cm Anti-burst Stability Ball

      $1480

    • Gofit GOFIT GF-55PRO PROFESSIONAL STABILITY BALL & CORE PERFORMANCE TRAINING ...

      $2999

    • CAP Barbell Doorway Sit Up Bar

      $1084

    • CAP Barbell Rubber Medicine Ball

      $1300

    • Valeo Medicine Ball, 6 lb

      $2249

    • Valeo Medicine Ball, 4 lb

      $1799

    • Sunny Health and Fitness Door Way Chin Up Bar

      $1461

    • Kinect Game Party: In Motion (Xbox 360)

      $1496

    • Game Party:In Motion Kinect (Xbox 360) - Pre-Owned

      $608

    • Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack (Xbox 360)

      $4537

    • Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack (PS3)

      $4200

    • Heroes on the Move - Motion Control (PS3 / Move)

      $739

    • The LEGO Movie Videogame (Xbox 360)

      $1499

    • Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360)

      $3882

    • Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360)

      $2899

    • The LEGO Movie Videogame (PS3)

      $1622

    • Madagascar 3 Video Game (Wii) - Pre-Owned

      $379

    • NBA 2K15 (Xbox 360)

      $3996

    • 2 For $33 Gamer Favorites Value Game Bundle (PS3)

      $3300

    • Sonic Unleashed (Wii)

      $642

    • Just Dance 2015 (Wii)

      $2650

    • WWE 2K15 (PS3)

      $2999

    • 3 For $21 Xbox 360 Gamer Favorites Value Game Bundle (Pre-Owned)

      $2100

    • 2 For $33 Family Favorites Value Game Bundle (PS3)

      $3300

    • 2 For $16 Nintendo Wii Favorites Value Game Bundle (Pre-Owned)

      $1600

    • 2 For $33 Family Favorites Value Game Bundle (Xbox 360)

      $3300

    • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Game of the Year (PS3)

      $2746

    • Battlefield Hardline (Xbox 360)

      $3999

    • 2 For $33 Gamer Favorites Value Game Bundle (Xbox 360)

      $3300

    • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)

      $941

    • 3 For $39.99 Family Favorites Value Game Bundle (Nintendo Wii)

      $3999

    • Star Wars Force Unleashed 2 (Wii)

      $1332

    • Skyrim Legendary Edition (Xbox 360)

      $1999

    • Disney Infinity Solution Value Game Bundle w/ Choice of 2 Figures and Accessory

      $2300

    • Watch Dogs (Xbox 360)

      $2623

    • New Super Mario Bros. (Wii)

      $2449

    • FIFA 15 (Xbox 360) - w/ Bonus FIFA 15 Fathead Team Pack

      $4996

    • Disney Infinity Solution Value Game Bundle with Choice of Figure and Accessory

      $1996

    • Mortal Kombat X (Xbox 360)

      $5996

  • Dieting & Exercise Are Easier at Walmart
    Whether you want to lose weight or start working out, our Diet & Exercise Wellness Shop can help. Find great prices on the best in diet and weight management, nutritional bars and sports nutrition. Get expert information and tips, or check out the Diet & Exercise Buying Guide to find the best products for your needs. You can even make an investment in your health by shopping for bikes, exercise equipment or bathroom scales.