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Fitness & Exercise

There are many good sites discussing exercise and fitness topics.

The American Heart Association operates a web site filled with tips for starting a new workout regimen, maintaining a good level of fitness and tools for keeping track of it all.

Click here to go to American Heart Association (will open in new window)

Calculate how many calories you burn on a given exercise. Distinguishes by type and intensity of exercise, taking your body into consideration and allows you to calculate your base metabolic rate.

The right heart rate for maximum fitness.

In order to burn calories and increase fitness, you must work out in the "aerobic" range of your heart rate. Initially, for maximum weight loss, you will keep your heart rate at between 60 and 70% of your max heart rate. Later, as fitness improves, you'll go higher.

For most healthy people, the American Heart Association recommends an  exercise target heart rate ranging from 50% to 75% of your maximum heart rate, which is normally calculated as the number 220 minus your age.

Calculate your target heart rate

The Psychology of Effective Workout Music: For many athletes and people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous—it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout.

Young Adults Who Exercise Have Higher IQ Scores Young adults who are fit have a higher IQ and are more likely to go on to university.

Walking at the Right Pace  New research tells us how you can improve your walking regimen with a pedometer: The magic number for most people is 100.

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead

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