This may come as a shock to some, but aerobic exercise does not mean 80’s style video workouts in tights! It’s actually a way of performing exercise and it comes in many different forms. It also benefits the body in so many ways!

  1. Reduces diabetes risk

  2. Makes the heart stronger

  3. Improves circulation

  4. Good for mental health

  5. Quicken muscle recovery

  6. Improves metabolism

  7. Aiding in oxygen transport

The word aerobic means “relating to oxygen.” This makes sense as aerobic exercise depends on oxygen for fuel. Aerobic exercises are those that can be performed for an extended period of time and have different benefits from anaerobic exercises. Cardio is aerobic exercise. Both should be included in a healthy routine.

Generally, healthy aerobic exercise is executed over a long period of time and at a medium level of intensity. We have included some great ways to get in your aerobic exercise below! Remember, a higher intensity will burn more fat; however, lower intensity cardio is right for some people.

  1. Running

  2. Walking

  3. Cycling

  4. Rowing

  5. Dancing

  6. Swimming

  7. Jumping Rope

When to do high-intensity and when to do low-intensity:

Low-intensity aerobics are for those who need to be careful of the stress put on their joints, those who want to exercise for a long period of time, or those who are recovering from an intense workout.

High-intensity aerobics burn more calories and improve endurance. They are usually a wonderful exercise that eases anxiety.

Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition or fitness program, especially if you are currently being treated for any illness or medical condition, taking prescription medication, or following a doctor recommended diet.
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