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How do I choose which type of exercise is best for me?

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You don't need to go to a gym. You just need to be active enough that you are breathing harder and making your heart beat a little faster. That includes brisk walking, jogging, swimming, biking, lifting weights, or doing yard work.

To pick an activity, two good questions to ask yourself are:

1.What sounds like fun?

2.Would you rather exercise in a group, or on your own?

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: "Exercising Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure."

American Heart Association.

CDC.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Sports Medicine: "Exercising Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure."

American Heart Association.

CDC.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

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