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Flexibility Exercises: 3 Low-Impact Options

Flexibility Exercises: 3 Low-Impact Options

The best one-size-fits-all class for flexibility is an aerobic exercise group class. The ultimate goal is aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness, but instructors and their students have to go through warm-up and flexibility exercises before getting to the aerobic component.

If you are a beginner or older adult not used to regular exercise,

Build Upper-Body Strength with Dumbbells

Dumbbells are handheld weights that are great for starting out in muscle toning and strength-training. Sizes range from 1 pound all the way up to 100 pounds and more, but you won’t need to purchase a complete set. Dumbbells can be bought individually for just a few dollars. Start with

8. Adjusting for Age

Our bodies change as we age. Some of these changes are obvious, but others are not. Metabolism slows, sense of taste and smell lessen, and we digest and absorb some nutrients differently. We lose muscle, gain health problems, and adjust to changing social circumstances. Fortunately, adjustments to dietary intake and

Exercise Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy

It’s no secret that getting regular exercise is good for your health, but what’s the best type of exercise for your heart?

“Aerobic exercise is the most beneficial for the cardiovascular system and will result in a stronger, healthier heart. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate

1. Getting Started

How to Exercise Safely and Effectively
Elite athletes prepare their bodies for physical activity and so should you. While you could just head out the door and run full speed around the block, chances are your muscles, and especially your joints, might not be so happy afterwards. What you do before,

2. Advance to the Next Level

You’ve participated in a resistance training program for at least three months, so you know the basics. Now you’d like to update your program to something more productive, more interesting, or more challenging. The challenge does not have to be a continuous hunt for new exercises, but to make adjustments

Start the Year With a Practical Exercise Plan

You know that being physically active is a key element of a healthy lifestyle, but how much exercise do you really need, and what types of exercise are most beneficial?

“We prefer to use the exercise recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). They have a section for older

5. Exercise Routines

You’ve read the recommendations of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in Chapter 2 and learned how to fuel your activity in Chapter 4, now it’s time to explore some exercise routines to get you started on the road to a longer, healthier life.
As discussed in detail in Chapter 2,

2. Shape Up Your Body

There are lots of good reasons to move more and sit less. The best type of exercise varies from person to person, based on your individual goals and abilities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues physical activity guidelines based on the latest scientific information. The most recent

2. Before You Begin

Before beginning any new fitness program, including resistance training, check with your doctor. Explain what the program will involve in terms of exercise type, intensity, instruction, and supervision. You will likely get one of these three responses, although not with these exact words:

Great. It’ll be good for you.
Go with the

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