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- Stretching – slow lengthening of the muscles. Stretching the arms and legs before and after exercising helps prepare the muscles for activity and helps prevent injury and muscle strain. Regular stretching also increases your range of motion, flexibility, and muscle function
- Aerobic exercise – activity that provides cardiovascular conditioning by increasing the rate and depth of your breathing, improving the body’s ability to use oxygen, raising your heart rate, and using your large muscle groups. It is known to increase endurance, decrease risk factors for certain diseases, including heart disease, and enhance a feeling of well-being. Examples of aerobic exercise include walking, cycling or swimming.
- Strength training – repeated muscle contractions (tightening) until the muscle becomes tired. Strength training improves strength, body mass and bone density.
If you are serious about proper diet and exercise, you should consider an aerobic exercise like running, swimming or using an elliptical machine at the gym 3-4 times/week.
Hope this helps,
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