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It's not surprising that those with an active lifestyle enjoy benefits such as a healthier cardiovascular system, better oxygen flow and lower blood pressure.

Here are six activities outside the cardio-norm that will get your heart pumping just as fast:

1. Going for a brisk walk

2. High intensity household chores

3. Taking the stairs or walking to your destination

4. Trying yoga or weights twice a week

5. Participating in dancing or pick up a basketball 

6. Add 10-minute jump rope sessions into your day

*Additional information compiled by Tauhira Dean, Health24

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