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How to choose the perfect workout routine

Whether it’s goat yoga, ”prison-style” fitness boot camps run by former inmates, running a marathon, or powerlifting, there have never been more activities you can do to get fit (or fitter). But how do you choose whether you want to hold downward dog or get put through your paces like the filthy maggot you are?
Just two people working out alone, together.
Just two people working out alone, together. (Wavebreakmedia via Depositphotos/)

Whether it's goat yoga, "prison-style" fitness boot camps run by former inmates, running a marathon, or powerlifting, there have never been more activities you can do to get fit (or fitter). But how do you choose whether you want to hold downward dog or get put through your paces like the filthy maggot you are?

Before getting started, let's make one thing clear: , and . The U.S. government recommends —that could be walking, jogging, swimming, or biking—but many people struggle to find the time to do so. Exercise reduces your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and other health issues. It improves your mood and mental health, and helps you sleep better. It strengthens your bones and reduces your risk of falling as you age. It flat-out increases your chance of living longer.

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