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5 of the best exercises you'll ever do

No matter what your age or fitness level, these exercises can help you get in shape and reduce your risk for disease.

A walk through your local health club can be daunting. All of those perfect physiques huffing and sweating on treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight machines can intimidate you enough to make you cancel your membership and head straight back home to the couch.

Yet some of the best exercises for your body don't require the gym, or an overabundance of sweat. Five simple exercises can do wonders for your health. They'll help keep your weight under control, improve your balance and range of motion, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, prevent bladder control problems, and even ward off memory loss.

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