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Staying Healthy

Types of Exercise

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Strength building exercises work different muscles in your body. Strength building should also include balance exercises in order to build leg muscles and prevent falls. It can:

  • Improve strength in your muscles
  • Build strong bones
  • Lower the risk of osteoporosis

Stretching is another type of exercise. This improves your flexibility. Stretching also lowers your risk for injury.

Here are some activities that can help you burn extra calories:

  • Light gardening/yard work for an hour - Burns 330 calories
  • Hiking for an hour - Burns 370 calories
  • Light weight lifting for an hour - Burns 220 calories
  • Walking at 3.5 mph for an hour - Burns 280 calories
  • Bicycling (<10 mph) for an hour - Burns 290 calories
  • Dancing for an hour – Burns 330 calories
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