How to Get Fit

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Fitness: Exercises, Nutrition Tips, and Tools to Get Fit

Physical activity can improve cardiovascular fitness, increase strength and energy and relieve stress. Below are sites with vital information about exercise and nutrition to help you reach your fitness goals. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

How to Get Fit

Exercise and a healthy diet are more than a means to a fit body; they are an investment in your health. Use the following Web sites to learn about the many benefits of regular exercise and proper nutrition and discover how fitness can become a part of your lifestyle.

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  • The Web's top health sites are the perfect place to begin your fitness research. Most have specialized fitness stories and articles that address a variety of fitness-related topics.

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Fitness for Seniors

Seniors have special concerns about exercise. Even basic concepts are different, so it's imperative to know that the fitness information you're receiving is designed for your needs. The following Web sites have senior-specific exercise information from trusted sources.

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  • In addition to online health sites, try looking at the Web sites of the nation's top health organizations or senior associations, you may find additional fitness information for seniors on these.
  • Fitness advice found on the Web should be used for informational purposes only. Consult your doctor to know exactly what type of exercise your body can handle.

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Fitness Calculators and Tracking Tools

Customizing your fitness plan down to the rep, calorie, or mile is easy, thanks to a variety of fitness calculators and tracking tools available on the Web. If you're interested in finding out stats such as your basal metabolic rate (the rate at which a body burns energy to maintain vital functions while at rest) or suggested caloric intake, check out what the following sites have to offer.

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  • In general, treat the figures these calculators give you as being in the ballpark, but not 100% accurate. For example, your body mass index (BMI) is an estimation of your body fat based on your height and weight, which is less accurate than physical measurements like a skin-fold caliper or a hydrostatic test. Talk to your trainer or doctor if you'd like to receive such a test.

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Online Fitness Communities

A few sites allow you to connect with others and track your fitness goals. Whether you want to plan a month of workouts, graph your weight loss, or interact with other fitness buffs, these sites provide resources and motivation to aid you in reaching your fitness goals.

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  • On each of these sites you can create a custom profile to manage the fine details of your fitness program. Each one has features that make tracking and planning your exercise easy. They differ subtly in the added features they offer and in design, functionality and cost.
  • The "community" aspects of many of these fitness sites encourage users to interact with one another through message boards, discussion forums, and via each other's customized personal profiles. Take advantage of the community to meet other exercisers like you and to share your tips and motivation.

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