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As you build aerobic endurance, your heart rate will not rise as high as it once did during the same activity. You will need to do the activity longer or harder to get the same benefits from it. You can use your target heart rate to decide how much harder your workout needs to be. You can also add some new element of difficulty or variety to your current workout, such as increasing

your pace (don't exceed your target heart rate), alternating between an aerobic activity and a strength- training activity (cross-training), or trying a new aerobic activity that is slightly harder for you.

As your muscles grow stronger, you will notice that you can work longer without tiring. If a muscle-strengthening activity starts to feel too easy, gradually add more resistance. Remember to work slowly, and move your muscles through their full range of motion.

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