Written by Devin Flanigan
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What are the best exercises for your lifestyle? If you're young and active, you should try to get at least three 30-minute sessions of cardiovascular activity per week. You can do practically anything you enjoy, provided that you get your heart rate to pump in the optimum cardiovascular range. Talk to your physician to figure out your cardiovascular needs, and design a program with your doctor for optimal health.

Recent evidence suggests that anaerobic exercise--such as weight lifting--may also be good for your heart. Of course, in order to get cardiovascular gains from an anaerobic workout, you need to switch stations rapidly. Moreover, it may behoove you to work out with less weight and more repetitions. That way, you'll strengthen muscle tone and avoid putting your tendons and ligaments at risk.

Exercise Your Right to a Healthy You

Some athletes avoid weight-based anaerobic exercise altogether, preferring weight-free exercise, otherwise known as calisthenics. You can do push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, yoga stretches and more. What's great about calisthenics is that you don't need to join a gym to get a great workout. This method also avoids putting undue stresses on your ligaments and muscles.

To optimize your exercise routine, you should adjust your diet to supplement a healthful lifestyle. If you're doing heavy aerobic activity such as rowing or bicycle riding, you will likely need quick-burning carbohydrates, like pasta and rice. However, if you lead a less active lifestyle, you'll likely want a less carbohydrate-focused diet. Many physicians recommend food high in protein and low in fat, such as salmon. Consult with your doctor before changing your diet or exercise routines.

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