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It's been a long time since I've had a regular exercise routine. Any tips on where to begin?

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What are some good ways to stay in shape when it's too cold to exercise outdoors? Joining a gym is so expensive. Are there any alternatives?

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Can you learn Pilates from a DVD? I'd like to learn it, but classes are expensive, especially for lessons offered on Pilates equipment.

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During the winter, do you burn more calories exercising outside than you do when exercising inside? Or does air temperature not play a role?

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I'm trying to lose weight. What are the best exercises for burning calories?

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I'm going skiing for the first time next month. I work out on the weight machines at the gym once or twice a week. Are there other exercises I should do to prepare?

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If I miss more than a few days of exercising, I get really sore following my first workout back. Any tips that can help me avoid this?

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What exercises can I do to achieve more defined calf muscles? I've always wanted calves like a soccer player but never was much good at sports.

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I was recently given a large stability ball to use for fitness improvement. What are some good exercises I can do with it?

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My new apartment building has a small gym with a treadmill, an upright stationary bike and a recumbent stationary bike. As someone who is new to exercise and in my 50s, should I choose one over the other?

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