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February 20, 2009 at 8:59 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

What Is Aerobic Exercise?

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What is it?

Aerobic exercise is any type of exercise that gets your heart rate going, along with your muscles and lungs working. It is a great way to get in shape and can be achieved in a variety of different ways.

What does it do?

Aerobic exercise should usually last for about 20-30 minutes each time, without stopping and is great for your cardiovascular system. It allows more oxygen to get to the muscles and makes those muscles able to work for longer periods of time, gradually. This will help the body to get in better shape and it makes it less difficult to do various physical activities.

How to get Aerobic Exercise

People can get creative when it comes to aerobic exercise. As long as the exercise increases muscle movement and heart rate, it will be effective. Example of aerobic exercises can include:

  • Bicycling
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Elliptical training
  • Dancing

There are many more activities to try; these are a few mere suggestions. Joining an exercise facility and consulting their team of trainers and instructors can give you ideas of specific plans and what types of exercises to include in one session.

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Many of the ways to exercise aerobically are hobbies we already have, such as walking. It is not difficult to add or increase the amount of aerobic exercise to your life. It is great to get a friend or group of friends involved with aerobic exercises to motivate and boost your overall well-being and ability to boost the immune system. Aerobic exercise can also help a person to lose weight. Aerobic exercise helps to build muscle and the more muscle one has, the more fat that muscle burns. Metabolism is also increased with more muscle and exercise. Endorphins are released when exercising, boosting a person's immune system.

How to Maximize Your Aerobic Workout

Once an aerobic workout program is started, be sure to stick with it. It is easy to go downhill but harder to build back up again. Make your workout program practical and simple, you can always mix it up once you are already in good shape. Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep muscles and other parts of the body hydrated. Try to keep your diet healthy to match your healthy exercise. Adequate amounts of water and the right foods will help properly fuel your body for any aerobic exercise. Make a journal of your progress, if you see it on paper it will help you to realize your accomplishment and help to stay motivated. This will make it easier to determine what types of exercises work better for your body than others. Aerobic exercise is a healthy choice that can be done by people of all ages. Get involved and watch your positive results!

Sources: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwfit/aerobice.html

http://www.medicinenet.com/aerobic_exercise/article.htm

http://www.aboutaerobics.com/what-is-aerobics.html

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  • Rosalie, here is another article about aerobic exercise that might also help you. It has a few other suggestions that you might find useful.

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