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To implement the right of the holder of an option to buy (in the case of a call) or sell (in the case of a put) the underlying security.
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In option contracts, to buy (in the case of a call) or sell (in the case of a put) the underlying asset. The option holder has no obligation to exercise the option, and only does so if he/she believes it benefits him/her. Depending upon the nature of the option, this may be done at any point during the life of the contract, or it may only be done on the contract's expiry date. The strike price of the sale is agreed-upon in the option contract, that is, before the option is exercised.
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To require the delivery (for example, a call option) or to force the purchase (for example, a put option) of the option's underlying asset. Many options expire without being exercised because the strike price stated in the option is unfavorable to the holder.
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When you act on a buying or selling opportunity that you have been granted under the terms of a contract, you are said to exercise a right.

Contracts may include the right to exchange stock options for stock, buy stock at a specific price, or buy or sell the security or product underlying an option at a specific exercise price.

For example, if you buy a call option giving you the right to buy stock at $50 a share, and the market price jumps to $60 a share, you'd likely exercise your option to buy at the lower price.

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class="MsoNormalThe exercisers completed at least one session a week of brief but strenuous intervals, while their other workouts were moderate, such as brisk walking or jogging, and lasted for 30 minutes or longer.
Aerobic exercisers: Among aerobic exercisers, the RT for high-frequency sound among the three groups had extremely significant difference (p < 0.001).
A sample of 135 voluntary participants (n = 40 intercollegiate athletes, 48 regular exercisers, and 47 nonexercisers) at a large public Midwest university was obtained.
"However, given that lack of time remains the number one barrier to regular exercise, HIIT warrants consideration by health care professionals and exercisers."
The reality is, however, that not too many regular exercisers engage in an activity/exercise primarily for the health-related reasons listed above.
The accuracy at which exercisers palpate immediate post-exercise HR is questionable.
When clothing does not breathe and the exerciser becomes hot, this can be distracting from the task at hand, and sometimes even dangerous, should an individual lose his or her grip in the weight room.
Nearly three times as many sedentary people said they have trouble keeping awake during the day than exercisers. They also took more naps and had more symptoms of sleep apnea, a disorder that causes shallow breaths or pauses in breathing during sleep, than exercisers, More than 44 percent of non-exercisers were at a moderate risk for sleep apnea, a higher percentage than active people questioned in the poll.
Participants included 103 university students recruited from two first-year health classes, one first-year mathematics class, and one first-year sociology class; the rest were exercisers recruited from nine different fitness centers.
The six subjects in the control group used educational materials, took the survey, and kept logs of the same information as that of the exercisers. Researchers crossed over those patients to the exercise arm at 4 months.
At week 8, scores on the symptom domain of the quality of life questionnaire were higher among exercisers, with 78.3% of responses indicating improvement, compared with 39.5% of responses in the delayed-exercise group (P = .05).
Employees who are older, male, and were regular fitness center exercisers prior to the program's inception are more likely to be regular exercisers.