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Some prescription medications could have a negative effect when mixed with exercise. If you are taking medication, consult with a physician before starting an exercise routine.

High cholesterol leads to hardening of the arteries, which can cause heart disease or even a heart attack. Have you doctor check your cholesterol, and if need be, for ways to reduce it.

Studies have shown that those who act old end up feeling old, and can actually develop health problems before their time.

When weight training it is imperative that you give your muscle tissue a chance to repair itself. During lifting you are actually tearing muscle fibers and each time they repair themselves they become stronger, but they can only recover during periods of rest.

As basic as it may seem, the importance of stretching before and after your workout and warming up before you stretch, is often over-looked.

The essential mineral zinc is an important component of more than 300 enzymes in the body and is needed to help cells reproduce, repair wounds, boost immunity, preserve vision, maintain fertility in adults and growth in children, and protect against free radicals.

Vitamin B2, found in dairy products, egs, and meat, as well as in leafy green vegetables, and whole grains in smaller amounts, works with other B vitamins to help convert carbohydrates into the fuel the body runs on. A deficiency in Vitamin B2 can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.

Consuming a large amount of salt can increase your blood pressure. To avoid this try cooking with other spices to add flavor to your food. This will reduce your craving for salt.

So you know water is the best choice for hydration, but you don't like the taste of it... try adding slices of lemon, lime, orange, strawberries, cucumber, fresh mint, or even cubes of watermelon, cantaloupe, of honeydew to your water bottle for a touch of flavor.

For serious injuries such as strains and sprains remember the acronym R.I.C.E.; it stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

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