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Fitness basics

on 04/01/2012 - 12:29 pm

Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. After all, physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight — even boost your self-esteem. And the benefits are yours for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy adults include aerobic exercise and strength training in their fitness plans, specifically:

At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity — or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity — a week
Strength training exercises at least twice a week

Regular exercise can help y ...