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Your heart, your brain – your entire body – benefits from exercise. In this chapter, we’ll bust the exercise myths that hold you back and help you set goals.

The Basics

There’s no need for a grueling gym workout. Learn the benefits of dancing, gardening, and more.

Health experts advise 30-90 minutes exercise daily. Is that realistic for you? Find out if 30 is enough for you.

Stretching a muscle to the full extent of your ability and holding it for 15-30 seconds is what's called a static stretch, and there's no harm in stretching that way as long you don't stretch until it hurts. But studies suggest a dynamic stretch is just as effective and sometimes better, especially before your workout.

Your Body

Sure, exercise makes you sweat. But working out is worth the effort. Here are seven good reasons to just do it. Click here to get started.

With this quick tool, you get a body mass index (BMI) number – an indicator of your body fat. Are you overweight? Find out.

With this quick tool, you get a body mass index (BMI) number – an indicator of your body fat. Are you overweight? Find out.

Your Mind

Exercise is about more than keeping in shape. It also can help with your emotional and mental health.

Healthy Living Tools

Ditch Those Inches

Set goals, tally calorie intake, track workouts and more, all via WebMD’s free Food & Fitness Planner.

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