The 5 Best Workouts

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Swimming

Being low impact, easy on the joints and beneficial to nearly every major muscle in the body, it's easy to see why swimming has been labeled the perfect workout.

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Swimming

Being low impact, easy on the joints and beneficial to nearly every major muscle in the body, it's easy to see why swimming has been labeled the perfect workout. "Swimming is one of those workouts that's highly adaptable," says Merrill. "From light laps to bursts of speed to different strokes, there's something for everyone." Plus, the buoyancy of the water is easy on the joints and makes this a particularly good workout for people with arthritis.

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Tue, Jan 15, 2013 10:14 AM EST

Want to get in shape but not sure where to begin with your New Year's fitness resolution? Look no further. According to a recent Harvard Medical School newsletter, there are five ideal exercises that can whip your body into shape. (Bonus: Being young, skinny and adept at all things sports not required.)

"If you're not an athlete or serous exerciser, these exercises are good for an intro to fitness," according to Sabrena Merrill, exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). "Once you have mastered them, you can still do these-just enhance your workout by upping the intensity."