Get Physical

Hiker on hilltop at sunset

Photo courtesy of Mitch Barrie. CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Get active, start moving, and have fun doing it. Exercise offers lots of perks: it pumps up brain cells, boosts mood, promotes better sleep, and contributes to a longer life.

Dreading getting started? Try something new—take a dance class, hit the hiking trails, or dig out a swim suit and make a satisfying splash. Start enjoying the benefits of regular exercise.  It can be exhilarating!

Related research guides

Fitness Technology
Includes a featured video, book titles, and recommended magazines and journals for a variety of health topics.

Physical Education and Fitness
Includes general exercise, fitness, and health recommendations with practical information for beginners.

Related websites

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Physical Activity Guidelines
Features activity guidelines for children, adults and older adults.

Mayo Clinic: Interval Training
Get some pointers on how to rev up your existing fitness routine with short bursts of extra effort.

MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness
Offers a grand roundup of brochures, articles, and web sites about fitness and health.

Outdoor Project
A fantastic tool for finding hikes, campgrounds, beaches, hot springs, ski routes, and more. Search by activity type or map, get expert advice, photos from the route, and directions.

Runner’s World: Music Playlists
Features slow, short, fast, and long music playlists to use while running.

Swimplan
Includes free customized workout plans for swimmers at different levels of skill and fitness.

WebMD: Fitness 101
The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Exercise. Includes how to get started with an exercise program.

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