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14 July 2009

Exercise more and reap the benefits

Regular exercise is essential for long-term weight control, stress reduction, and overall health. But make sure that you do both aerobic and resistance exercise.

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Regular exercise is essential for long-term weight control, stress reduction, and overall health. But make sure that you do both aerobic and resistance exercise. Aerobic activity strengthens the heart and burns calories, while resistance exercise strengthens bones, builds muscle, and increases metabolism.

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Choose a moderate aerobic activity that you enjoy, like walking, swimming or cycling. Complement this with resistance training to strengthen the muscles of your stomach, back, shoulders, legs and arms. Exercise three to five days a week, 30 to 45 minutes per session. Remember to do stretching exercises before and after your workout. And speak to your doctor before you begin any new exercise programme.

 
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