Often referred to as “cardio”, aerobic exercise is any activity that uses your large muscle groups repetitively for a sustained amount of time. Generally for a few minutes up to a few hours. There are many types of aerobic exercises you can choose from…swimming, jogging, and cycling are several of the most popular choices. When deciding which is best for you, consider these four questions:
First, is it aerobic? Are you using your large muscle groups repetitively for a sustained amount of time? Secondly, is it safe for you to perform these exercises? If you’re concerned about starting an aerobic exercise program, please speak with your doctor before you begin. Third, can you perform it for 30 to 60 minutes, three to five days a week? Lastly, will you enjoy doing this type of exercise for an extended period of time? If you don’t enjoy it, you probably won’t do it for long.
Regardless of weight, age or athletic ability, aerobic activity is good for you. As your body adapts to regular aerobic exercise, you’ll get stronger, fitter, and feel great! Other benefits include the strengthening of your heart, reduced health risks, increased stamina, and weight loss.
Start slow, be safe, and have fun. Your heart will be happier for it!