Fitness is defined using various characteristics that pertain to a person's ability to participate in physical activity and exercise. Moderate to high levels of fitness are important to a person's ability to engage in daily living activities without major stress and strain to the various body systems, and with enough energy left over to participate in recreational activities. Articles written as early as 1894 indicated that most exercises were too dangerous for women to engage in for fear of the development of various unattractive manly physical qualities. The only physical activity recommended for women was walking, which was said to be the most conducive to physical beauty. Since that time, the value of exercise for women has been researched and the benefits of physical activity ...

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