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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.

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Instead, the cardiac remodeling seen in athletes is "a physiologic and benign adaptation to exercise conditioning," the authors said.
In consultation with the physical therapist, the nurse helps design an initially light exercise conditioning program, consisting of bicycle ergometery and a home-based weight lifting program (repetitions using canned goods) to improve arm strength, and educates the patient on its benefits.
While this is appropriate in a rehab setting (for a modest time period), continued exercise conditioning solely of pressing-type motion may, over time, produce overuse syndromes of the upper-body joints.