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Health And Fitness

In the health and fitness section you will find articles on the benefits of exercise on health, exercise guidelines, heart rate training zones chart, fitness training programs, and exercise for health articles.

What is physical fitness?

Physical fitness is made up of five components: 1) Cardiovascular Fitness; 2) Muscular Strength; 3) Muscular Endurance; 4) Flexibility; and, 5) Motor Skills/neuro-coordination. Improvements in each of these individual components should enable an individual to improve their daily tasks, quality of life and a wide range of sporting activities.

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The health benefits of exercise

There are a number of health benefits associated with exercise including: 1) Cardiovascular benefits - stronger heart, improved muscular endurance, reduced blood pressure, lower % bodyfat, and stronger bones; 2) Muscualr strength benefits - stronger muscles, helps to maintain/increase muscle size, improved posture, reduced risk of osteoporosis;  3) Flexibility benefits - improved postures, improved range of motion, reduction in aches and pains.

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Exercise training guidelines

Information on the current exercise training guidelines.

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Heart rate training zones chart

Heart rate training zones chart based on the age predicted maximum heart rate for intensities of 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90% of maximum heart rate.

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Fitness training programs

Includes three basic fitness training programs.

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Exercise for health articles

Includes health related articles including: blood pressure and exercise and osteoporosis and exercise.

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