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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.


(Discharge a function), verb act, administer, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, conduct, do duty, efficere, engage in, execute, exercere, facere, officiate, perform, practice, pursue, put in motion, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, serve as, translate into action, wage
Associated concepts: authority exercised under the United States Constitution, exercise an option, exercise jurisdiccion, exercise of judicial discretion
Foreign phrases: Cui jurisdictio data est, ea quoque connessa esse videntur, sine quibus jurisdictio explicari non potest.To whomsoever jurisdiction is given, those things also are supposed to be granted, without which the jurissiction cannot be exercised. Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. A power is a vain one if it is never exercised.


(Use), verb apply, avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, draw on, employ, make use of, operate, practice, put in action, put in practice, put to use, put to work, turn to account, utilize, wield
Associated concepts: exercise a right to vote, exercise an option, exercise discretion, exercise dominion, exercise due care, exercise of power
See also: act, apply, campaign, commission, discipline, effort, employ, endeavor, enterprise, exert, exploit, labor, officiate, operate, ply, practice, problem, resort, transaction, undertaking, wield, work
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Recommended sports: weight training, low-impact aerobics, walking.
After about 15 minutes of working on the machines, Gail and Bonita head down to the large, wood-floored room where a dozen other members have gathered for Gail's low-impact aerobics class.
The new interest in strengthening muscles is seen in the growing number of low-impact aerobics classes that utilize light hand weights.
She teaches low-impact aerobics, body sculpting and Pilates.
Suitable activities include brisk walking (not strolling), slow cycling, slow swimming, digging the garden, low-impact aerobics, dancing and tennis.
Walking, jogging and low-impact aerobics are similarly beneficial as long as they are comfortable for the participant.
We arranged for a group of people with moderate sleep complaints to attend a low-impact aerobics class twice a week and to go out for a brisk 40-minute walk twice a week,' says Abby King of the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention.
Good fitness choices Need to work at developing strength, endurance and agility so walking, swimming, and low-impact aerobics.
Other light exercises good for expectant moms include cycling on a stationary bike, swimming, stretching and low-impact aerobics.
Walking and low-impact aerobics are good options that even provide temporary relief, because these activities help pump the standing blood out of the vein.
In a study conducted in Chicago by a team from Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital, people with various types of arthritis participated in low-impact aerobics classes coupled with educational discussion sessions.
Participation in aerobics thus rose in 1987--after two years of decline--as low-impact aerobics increasingly replaced earlier go-for-the-burn-style workouts.

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