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When to exercise? How much to exercise? What type of exercise?
A lot depends on you and the goals you're trying to reach. Following are articles and complete exercise descriptions in the Essential Exercises section to help you on your exercise journey, no matter what level you are currently.
Check with your physician before starting any exercise program!
Four Step Fitness Test
Measure your fitness level with this easy, four-step series of tests you can do in the comfort of your home. If you have any trouble viewing the eBook format, feel free to view the simple Text Version instead.
Did You Know?
Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen. It can raise energy levels and increase stamina during workouts and speed recovery and healing after any exercise. It can also help prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy.
You can exercise a bit less strenuously, but should still exercise! Check out our Exercise Guidelines for Seniors for information and exercises modified for seniors.
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Free Exercise Chart (PDF)
Click on the pic to download a free exercise chart in PDF!
Find the right activity.
Answers to three questions will tell you if your exercise program is right for you. Try different activities, and ask yourself: Do I look forward to this? Do I enjoy doing it? Do I feel good afterward? If you answer yes to all three, it's an activity you'll probably keep doing. Remember, no exercise program will work for long if you have to force yourself to do it.
Women Take Note
Women who exercise are at higher risk for anemia. This is because the body uses more iron during exercise to meet the increased demand for oxygen. If you don't have enough iron to begin with, it's easy to run out while you are working up a sweat.
What to do? Try clams. A bowl of ten small steamed clams contains an astonishing 26mg of iron in a 3-ounce serving. That's more than three times the iron in a 3-ounce serving of chicken livers. Don't care for clams? Eat citrus fruits. Pairing a food that contains vitamin C with with an iron-rich food guarantees you will get substantially more of the iron into your bloodstream because iron is best absorbed in an acidic environment.
Tip: Try inhaling peppermint before or during a workout to help boost mood and reduce fatigue.
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