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What types of exercise should I do if I have a sedentary lifestyle?

Meeting the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines for exercise is an important step in minimizing the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. The basic recommendations are categorized by cardiorespiratory exercise, resistance exercise, flexibility exercise and neuromotor exercise.

When it comes to exercise, the benefits far outweigh the risks. A program of regular exercise is essential for most adults. Though exercise does protect against heart disease, it is still possible for active adults to develop heart problems. Poor behavior choices such as sitting for long periods of time have been shown to be a major health risk in itself.

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