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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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(1981) Blood pressure and heart rate response to static exercise in relation to electromyographic activity and force development.
People taking up the challenge can either cycle outdoors on their own machine or indoors on a static exercise bike.
Hietanen (15) reported that heavy static exercise is characterized by a failure of the local blood flow to adjust to the oxygen demands of the exercising muscles.
THE PLANK THE plank is a static exercise that works just about every muscle in the body especially your core and balance.
The programme did not reveal who was to blame for this remarkably static exercise in compilation - it was James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman - but the action, or lack of action, on stage spoke volumes.
The club leader Bob Boustead, who has worked with the six-to-16 year-old youngsters for more than 40 years, has accepted the offer of two static exercise bikes, a leg press, a weight-reducing machine and a cross trainer from Springs Health Club at Low Fell.
Leg blood flow during static exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol.
They set themselves the target of clocking up, on static exercise bikes, the equivalent of the 540-mile distance between their Welsh properties within 35 hours.