The five best exercises you can do for weight and fitness

NO MATTER your age or fitness level, these activities can help you get in shape and lower your risk of disease, according to Harvard Medical School.

Swimming: This takes the strain off joints so you can move easier, and can put you in a better mood. Try water aerobics.

Tai Chi: A Chinese martial art that incorporates movement and relaxation. It is good for both body and mind. In fact, it has been called "meditation in motion". It's great for balance.

Strength training: Keep your muscles and bones strong, burn kilojoules and boost feel-good hormones. Muscle also burns more kilojoules than fat so strength training will help you control your weight.

Walking: Stay slim, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep blood pressure in check, lift your mood and lower your risk for a number of diseases including diabetes. Walking may even help improve your memory.

Kegel exercises: Strong pelvic floor muscles can go a long way toward preventing incontinence. While many women are familiar with these exercises, they can benefit men too.



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