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The Lazy Person's Exercise Plan

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According to Tan, "That's all you need to do to make a real difference in your fitness level. Everyday activities that you might not think are exercise, are exercise." In the new recommendations, doing the laundry, vacuuming, and cleaning your house all count as exercise.

Tan says that everyone should consult a doctor before beginning an exercise regime, even one this gentle. But, she says, very few people can expect to be told that they cannot or should not exercise.

"Absolutely everyone can benefit from increasing his or her activity level," she says. "Even the most athletic people will improve their fitness level, and this is especially true for sedentary or overweight people."

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