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Fit for '05

Four Ways to Keep Up With the Times -- And Meet The New Exercise Guidelines

Tuesday, January 25, 2005; Page HE01

On the one hand, we face an unprecedented national epidemic of inactivity, one that threatens to make us sick, shorten our lives and bankrupt our health care system.

On the other hand, we have new federal guidelines recommending that we find ways to get off the couch, take a long walk and move around briskly for 60 to 90 minutes each day.

Sports-specific exercises and programs can help boost your game, not just be in good shape. (www.fitnessforgolf.com)

_____Live Discussions_____
Transcript: Excessive Exercise: The Moving Crew will discuss revised dietary guidelines that recommend Americans should make time for 30 to 90 minutes of daily physical activity.
Transcript: Post-Rehab Fitness: Sabrena Newton, fitness professional consultant was online to discuss getting back into the groove after physical therapy.
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If there were a third hand, it might be a fist shaking in the air. Or expressing its displeasure in a less polite way.

Better to use those hands to hold on to this special Health section and figure out what might move you in 2005. Nobody's telling you to become a Lycra lizard or one of those guys in a tank top who always has a dumbbell in his hand. But everyone -- your family, friends, doctor, the folks in Benefits, even (probably) your boss -- would like to see you fit and healthy. As the following pages suggest, you can probably do that.

Here we survey the fitness landscape and describe some exercise opportunities you're likely to see more of in the year ahead. We spotlight some new (cheap, small) gear that could help keep you moving. We offer advice for those just beginning to extricate themselves from the furniture and some inspiration for those who face physical challenges. In our regular Moving Crew column, we present ideas about how -- now, just when the going gets rough -- you can stick with that workout campaign we suspect you launched around Jan. 1.

So read the section. Then put it down and go do something. For about half an hour.

At least.

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