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a. Activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness: walks every day for exercise.
b. A specific activity performed to develop or maintain fitness or a skill: sit-ups and other exercises; a piano exercise.
a. The active use or application of something: the exercise of good judgment.
b. The discharge of a duty, function, or office.
3. An activity having a specified aspect: an undertaking that was an exercise in futility.
4. A military maneuver or training activity.
5. exercises A ceremony that includes speeches, presentations, and other activities: graduation exercises.
v. ex·er·cised, ex·er·cis·ing, ex·er·cis·es
a. To subject to practice or exertion in order to train, strengthen, or develop: exercise the back muscles; exercise the memory.
b. To put through exercises: exercise a platoon. See Synonyms at practice.
a. To make active use of; employ, apply, or exert: exercise restraint; exercise control.
b. To discharge (duties, for example).
a. To carry out the functions of: exercise the role of disciplinarian.
b. To execute the terms of (a stock option, for example).
4. To alarm, worry, or anger; upset: an injustice that exercised the whole community.
To engage in exercise.

[Middle English, from Old French exercice, from Latin exercitium, from exercitus, past participle of exercēre, to exercise : ex-, ex- + arcēre, to restrain.]

ex′er·cis′a·ble adj.
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Noun1.exercising - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fitexercising - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"
cardiopulmonary exercise - exercise intended to strengthen the circulatory system
gymnastic exercise - (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
kick up - raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
exercise set, set - several exercises intended to be done in series; "he did four sets of the incline bench press"
anaerobic exercise, bodybuilding, muscle building, musclebuilding - exercise that builds muscles through tension
calisthenics, callisthenics - light exercises designed to promote general fitness; "several different calisthenics were illustrated in the video"
isometric exercise, isometrics - muscle-building exercises (or a system of musclebuilding exercises) involving muscular contractions against resistance without movement (the muscles contracts but the length of the muscle does not change)
isotonic exercise - exercise in which opposing muscles contract and there is controlled movement (tension is constant while the lengths of the muscles change); "the classic isotonic exercise is lifting free weights"
Kegel exercises, pubococcygeus exercises - exercises for women designed to improve the ability to hold urine
stretching, stretch - exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
arm exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the arm muscles
back exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the back muscles
leg exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles
neck exercise - exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles
stomach exercise, tummy crunch - an exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles
yoga - a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind
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1986), rev'g 82 TC 444 (1984), in which the First Circuit held that a taxpayer's shares were subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until a one-year sellback provision lapsed, because the employer could have compelled its employee to sell the shares of stock back at the price the employee paid at the time he exercised the option if the employee attempted to sell the shares within a year of exercising the option.
This mindset recognized that the real "power" of physical activity is not exercising once or twice a week, even if it is aerobic.
I know that age plays some part in weight gain and odd body contours (I am over 65), but I have been exercising since my first child was born in 1963.
LET'S GET PHYSICAL Knowing what BDNF can do to neurons in the lab, researchers wondered whether the BDNF that exercising animals produce has similar effects on neurons in their brains.
They think it would be nice to start exercising, but if they think about it for six months, they've gained another pound.
Though glycogen stores are plentiful, their total depletion becomes an issue when exercising over 90 minutes.
Difficulty breathing six to eight minutes after you stop exercising.
Insolvency is less likely to result from exercising nonqualified stock options than exercising incentive stock-options.
First it keeps athletes from feeling hungry and sluggish before and during the game, and secondly it helps to maintain optimal levels of energy (blood glucose) for the exercising muscles during training and competition.
You might take some of the risk out of your options by exercising a few and immediately selling the stock, paying the taxes and reinvesting the proceeds in other stocks and wealth-building assets," he says.
Moreover, if an individual exercising an ISO holds the shares so acquired until death, the excess of the fair market value of the stock over its basis will escape income tax entirely by reason of the step-up of basis at death.
Fortunately, you can focus on any neglected muscle groups with strength training, which is exercising with weights or resistance.