Being active and eating healthy each have lots of benefits, and doing both is even better! Making physical activity and healthy eating part of your routine can help lower your chance of health problems and improve your overall health and well-being.
Learn how Jeff has found ways to get active that work for him — and how he’s taking steps to eat healthy.
How I move my way
In the past, I tried different kinds of physical activity, like lifting weights at home, and it was always hard to stay motivated. Also, sidewalks in my neighborhood aren’t wheelchair accessible, which makes getting active outdoors challenging.
But I recently joined a wheelchair basketball team, and now I get active a few days a week. With basketball, I found something I really enjoy. Also, it’s been fun meeting new people, it helps me relieve stress, and I like knowing it’s good for my health.
Adults need a mix of physical activity to stay healthy
Moderate-intensity aerobic activity
Adults need at least 150 minutes each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity — anything that gets the heart beating faster. Team sports like basketball are a great way to get aerobic activity, and lots of other activities count, too!
How I make every bite count
I’m working on eating healthier. My doctor told me that my blood pressure’s a bit high. She said I should try to make meals at home instead of buying ready-to-eat meals or eating restaurant dinners, which usually have a lot of sodium. I know frozen meals from the grocery store and takeout may not be the healthiest options — but making home-cooked meals seems overwhelming at times.
That’s why I’ve been looking up meals that are healthy but also quick and easy to make — or that I don’t have to cook at all. For example, instead of frozen pizza for lunch, I might dip whole-wheat pita bread and veggies in hummus with a side of low-fat plain yogurt. And I’m trying to choose healthier snacks like homemade trail mix, popcorn, or fruit when I get hungry during the day.
I also started checking the Nutrition Facts label when I’m at the grocery store. It shows exactly what’s in my food — so I can choose things that have less salt, sugar, and fat. It’s definitely been helping me choose healthier snacks, like plain popcorn instead of potato chips.