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Your Everyday Guide to Fitness
Why Fitness Matters
Exercise can help you prevent or limit many health problems, as well as minimize the effects of aging.
Get Started
The first step to fitness is to figure out what you want to achieve through exercise: Weight loss? Better health? Endurance?
Get Moving
Before you start exercising, be sure to get the go-ahead from your health care provider
Stay Motivated
One way to stay motivated is to set modest fitness goals. Don't try for the impossible.
Improve Your Health
Regular exercise can help you manage stress, keep your weight under control and prevent certain diseases.
Children and Teens
Encourage your children to get regular exercise. They don't have to be on a sports team to stay fit.
Exercise is an essential part of good health, no matter what your age or stage in life.
Older Adults
The "golden years" may be the best time for a fuller, well-rounded exercise program.
Calculating Your Health

Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity - running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise - is considered safe and effective.