Exercise Basics

Looking to start an exercise routine? Learn about the different types of exercise, how to get started, and how to develop a routine. Already have an exercise routine? We can help you enhance it with exercise tips as well as information about proper hydration and healthy heart rates during exercise.

All articles in Exercise Basics
  • Diabetes and Exercise

    Exercise can make a real difference for people who have diabetes. Exercise can help control your weight and lower your…

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  • Exercise and Seniors

    Exercise is an important part of everyday senior health. It offers many benefits that will help you live a longer,…

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  • Exercise: How To Get Started

    A good goal is to work up to exercising 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes at a…

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  • Fitness Habits to Make

    Setting good fitness habits helps you stay physically active, which helps prevent disease, increase energy levels, and promote better…

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  • Hydration for Athletes

    Good hydration is a part of good health. For athletes and exercisers, this means getting the right amount of water…

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  • Keeping Your Child Active

    It is important for your child to be active from a young age. Learn how to limit screen time and…

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  • Knee Bracing: What Works?

    Knee braces are supports worn when you have pain in your knee or to prevent knee injuries. Research on how…

    Fit woman wearing a knee brace in a gymAmerican Academy of Family Physicians Logo
  • Nutrition for Athletes

    Physical health is crucial for athletes, and so is nutrition. Learn what and how much you should be eating in…

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  • Sore Muscles from Exercise

    Exercise is an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle, but it can cause muscle soreness. Learn how to treat…

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  • Stretching

    Stretching is one of the best ways to keep muscles healthy. Stretching regularly will strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and relieve…

    A group of men and women in exercise class doing the same arm stretchAmerican Academy of Family Physicians Logo
  • The Exercise Habit

    If you want to commit to exercising, choose an activity you like to do. Schedule it as part of your…

    Two women sitting in grass stretching before exercisingAmerican Academy of Family Physicians Logo
  • Why Exercise?

    Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise prevents health problems, builds strength, boosts energy, and can help…

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