Learning About Calories

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Your body needs calories just to operate — to keep your heart beating and your lungs breathing. As a kid, your body also needs calories and nutrients from a variety of foods to grow and develop. And you burn off some calories without even thinking about it — by walking your dog or making your bed.

But it is a great idea to play and be active for an 1 hour or more every day. That means time spent playing sports, playing outside, or riding your bike. It all adds up. Being active every day keeps your body strong and can help you maintain a healthy weight. Watching TV and playing video games won't burn many calories at all, which is why you should limit those activities to no more than 2 hours per day. A person burns only about 1 calorie per minute while watching TV, about the same as sleeping!

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Strengthening the heart and other muscles isn't the only important goal of exercise. Exercise can also help the body stay flexible, meaning that your muscles and joints stretch and bend easily.

Being flexible may also help improve a person's sports performance. Some activities, like dance or martial arts, require great flexibility.

But increased flexibility also can help people perform better at other sports, such as soccer or lacrosse. Sports and activities that encourage flexibility are easy to find.

Martial arts like karate, ballet, gymnastics , and yoga are good choices. Stretching after your workout will also help you improve your flexibility. One of the biggest reasons people drop an exercise program is lack of interest: If what you're doing isn't fun, it's hard to keep it up. The good news is there are tons of different sports and activities to try to see which one inspires you. When picking the right type of exercise, it can help to consider your workout personality.

For example, do you like to work out alone and on your own schedule? If so, solo sports like running, biking, or snowboarding could be for you. Or do you like the shared motivation and companionship that comes from being part of a team?

School sports, intramural leagues, club teams, and pick-up games are great ways to stay active with others. Briarwood, New York Now: Starting cooking healthy meals and using a scale and food journal to track everything she ate. Carmen also started walking, and two months later she was logging 10, steps a day. Inspired by watching the Ironman World Championship on TV Kim started exercising, working up to minutes, five days a week.

She ate small meals five times a day and eventually shed 60 lbs. Then, along with her husband, she scaled 19, feet of Mt. Kilimanjaro, something she said she never could have done if she hadn't lost the weight.

Tried new routines at the gym like spinning, weight lifting, yoga, and cycling, and learned how to make healthier choices at restaurants. After a series of illnesses, Katherine's weight shot up by 20 pounds, but she picked up walking and running and even ran her first 5K! After struggling to lose the baby weight after her second pregnancy, Alisha started following the Nutrisystem eating plan and joined a gym.

Today she takes spinning classes and runs with her husband and says she feels stronger than ever! New York City Now: Adopted our CarbLovers Diet plan, and upped her cardio to five or six workouts a week, plus two or three strength training sessions.

Ashley bought a cheap treadmill and worked out at home until she felt comfortable enough to join a gym. She cut back on fast food and ate small meals throughout the day. She also kept a blog to track her weight loss. Now she's less than half her size! Jersey City, New Jersey Now: Stopped drinking alcohol, adopted The South Beach Diet plan, and started walking everywhere.

Cut out alcohol, ice cream, and excess sugar, and started eating more fresh veggies. Lisa also started walking and built up to running and watched 60 pounds melt away in eight months. Melissa her friends held their own Biggest Loser-style weight loss contest, and she won! She worked out on an elliptical four days a week and did two weight-training sessions a week, while tracking calories and using meal ideas from Jillian Michaels. This mom of two laced up her running shoes and slowly but surely ran her way to a healthier weight.

Jenny Craig also helped regiment her eating. Mitchie de Leon Age: Long Beach, California Now: After learning what a portion size really looks like, she cut back on restaurant meals and started eating six small meals a day. Mitchie also conquered her fear of the gym and began exercising, first on the treadmill and then advanced to classes like spinning, boxing, and Tahitian dancing. Walked, talked, and ran off more than pounds after starting new jobs at the University of Buffalo.

They joined Weight Watchers and began walking around campus during their breaks. Bronx, New York Now: Nicole started walking 30 minutes a day to her job and did strength training at home twice a week to drop 55 pounds over four years.

Now she's launching a modeling career!

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