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Please remember that before you begin any exercise program or step up to a more rigorous exercise regime, see your physician and have a complete medical evaluation which includes a physical exam and an evaluation of your medical history.
If you are over 40 years of age, have significant health risk factors or if you have any heart disease, exercise tolerance testing is definitely recommended. Please advise your doctor or health care professional if you have any major concerns or worries.
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There are many components to a healthy fitness program: Nutrition, Sleep or Rest, Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength and Flexibility.

Cardiovascular Endurance is the body's capability to do large muscle work over a period of time.

Endurance is dependent on the cardiovascular system's ability to pump blood and deliver oxygen through your body.

Cardiovascular endurance should be the most vital element of your overall fitness program. Improving cardiovascular endurance not only increases the supply of oxygen and energy to your body, it decreases your risk of diseases that are life threatening, such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. When a heart is well conditioned, it is like any other muscle - it becomes stronger and more efficient. A normal heart beats at a rate of approximately 70 beats per minute at rest or about 100,000 beats a day. The well conditioned heart can actually beat as few as 40 times a minute at rest or approximately 50,000 beats per day. A well conditioned heart can supply oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body while performing less work. Strength is the ability of any muscle or a group of muscles to exert a certain amount of force in a one-time burst of effort.

Weightlifting (or resistance training) is a typical type of strength training which increases muscle strength and mass and bone strength. There are two types of muscle fibers that are used during strength training. 1. Fast-twitch fibers give the volatile force needed for weightlifting. 2. Slow-twitch fibers are for endurance that gives muscles the ability to withstand fatigue. When you make muscles work harder, you will actually injure these fibers. But as they rebuild, they get stronger and bigger, resulting in harder, tighter and larger muscles.

Muscular Endurance is the ability to resist fatigue and continue to exercise over long periods of time.

Strength training is required to maintain muscle strength, endurance training is necessary to attain stamina. Muscular endurance is the ability of muscles to continue working resilient without resting.

Flexibility is the ability of joints and muscles to reach complete breadth of motion. Flexibility will help prevent injuries and will keep you feeling comfortable after exercise. You do not need to lose flexibility as you build muscle. The aging process will deprive you of muscular strength, endurance and flexibility, if you do not maintain. A regular fitness regimen becomes extremely important as you age.

Before you begin any exercise or diet program, you should have permission from your doctor.
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