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Exercise and Fitness – articles and other resources

Exercise can be fun as well as good for your body—and it’s great for mental health. Learn how to incorporate more movement into your life, find the right fitness plan for you, and enjoy yourself while you’re at it.

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Exercising regularly is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. It lowers your risk for serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure. It can also trim your figure, improve your sleep, and pep up your sex life. And not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory.

Being physically active can ease depression, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance self-esteem, and improve your whole outlook on life. And you don’t have to spend long, boring hours in a gym to reap these benefits. Whatever your age, health limitations, or fitness levels, you can develop an exercise program that’s fun and rewarding and fits your life.

Featured articles

How Exercise Benefits Depression, Anxiety, and Stress: Exercise is just as good for the mind as it is for the body. Even a little regular exercise can boost your energy and mood and relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. MORE »

Easy Ways to Start Exercising: You don’t have to spend hours in a gym or force yourself into monotonous or painful activities you hate to experience the benefits of exercise. Here are easy and fun ways to add more physical activity into your daily life. MORE »

Chair Exercises and Limited Mobility Fitness: Even if injury, disability, illness, or weight problems have limited your mobility, you can still experience the benefits of exercise. Read on for creative ways to overcome your physical limitations. MORE »

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Exercise basics

Exercise for older adults and people with limited mobility

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