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Everybody needs to exercise. What is the best workout or sport to maintain your fitness?

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The checklist: How to stay healthy

Being proactive about your health is an important starting point in maintaining health. Some steps are self-evident but a person may need help in taking the first step. The ability to recognize that living healthy is a life-long commitment is an important key to longevity. Nobody is perfect, and the ultimate goal is to have more good habits than bad. Failing to meet a goal does not give permission to quit trying. Doing well one day is not a license to stray the next.

Here is a checklist to promote a healthier lifestyle and living a longer, healthier life.

  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Engage in some type of physical activity every day
  • Eat a heart healthy diet
  • Maintain good control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes
  • Get routine medical care and physical examinations
  • Get recommended screenings for prostate and colon cancer
  • Perform routine home testicle exams
  • Keep mentally active
  • Maintain close relationships with a circle of friends
  • Seek help if you have symptoms of depression
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Comment from: AnalogDog, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

If you want to stick with exercise, then you've gotta find something you ENJOY DOING. For me, that's riding my road or mountain bike. Either one. Long as I get in 10-12 miles daily, plus a longer 30-50 mile ride on Sunday mornings, I feel GOOD all week. Just wear a helmet, and watch out for SUV driving cell phone talkers...they can run you OVER, not EVEN be aware. I also wear a heart rate monitor, as it gives excellent feedback. To wit: I burn 700-800 calories on those daily rides, and up to 3,000 calories on those long Sunday a.m. rides.

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