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Four Types of Exercise and Physical Activity


Research has shown that it’s important to get all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Adults should do muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week and at least 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

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Endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system.


Stretching can improve your flexibility to make everyday activities easier.


Balance exercises help prevent falls and can help improve balance.


Strength exercises can help you stay independent and prevent fall-related injuries.

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