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    How to Get Moving

    There are two ways to move: exercise and physical activity.

    Exercise is planned activity like aerobics classes, tai chi, spin classes, or swimming. Physical activity is the way you "sneak" movement into your day, like walking the dog or gardening. Adding both to your routine will help you stay healthy and live longer.

    Always check with your doctor before increasing your activity level.

    Ready to move? You can go to the gym or community center and take water aerobics or dance classes and do strength-training exercises.

    To get in motion in a less formal way, you can:

    • Take a brisk walk or jog
    • Ride a bike
    • Rake leaves or push a lawn mower
    • Sweep or dust
    • Play tennis
    • Walk up and down stairs
    • Carry groceries

    You don't need fancy clothes or equipment to start. Just get moving. You should start to feel stronger and have more energy in just a few weeks. That's the key to a longer, happier life.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 25, 2016
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