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Just because you were taught to do exercises a certain way long ago doesn't make it right today. (Library of Congress)

Which Do You Prefer?
Different exercises have their advantages and disadvantages. Which one do you prefer?
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Progression
Gradual Fitness
Slowly building up to higher levels of exercise reduces risk of injury and builds endurance.

Racewalking
Run? Walk? Both!
Injured runner turned to walking as an alternative and loved it.

Gyrokinesis
A New Twist
Pilates, puh-leese. Try Gyrokinesis, a movement system that claims to "stretch and strengthen the body," affording a greater range of motion than Pilates in a less static form than yoga.

Weight Lifting
Is Slow the Way to Go?
Some weight lifters find that slower repetitions mean faster strength and muscle build-up.

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