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Aerobic Exercise and Fitness

Aerobic exercises are exercises which use large muscle groups and can be sustained for long periods of time. Aerobic exercises will help you to lose weight, increase your overall muscle tone, and improve your health. A well rounded fitness program will include aerobic exercise.

Effective Aerobic Exercise

In order for your aerobic exercise routine to be effective you should commit at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, to aerobics. A productive aerobic workout should include 5-10 minutes of warm up and stretching exercises, 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, and a 5-10 minute cool down period. Aerobic exercises are not meant to be highly intense exercises; the idea of aerobics is to keep your body moving for as long as possible at a low to medium intensity level. It is also important to eat a healthy, nutritional balanced, diet while you are on an aerobic exercise program.


Types of Aerobic Exercise

Some of the most popular aerobic exercises include: walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling, jumping rope, tennis, and dancing. Most gyms and fitness clubs offer a variety of aerobic work out classes; exercise videos that are tailored for aerobic work outs are also available. The many different types of aerobic exercises that you can do will help you to maintain an exercise routine that is fun and interesting.

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Increasing the strength, and health, of your heart and lungs is one of the greatest benefits associated with aerobic exercise. Regular aerobics will increase your physical endurance and will lower your chances of developing heart disease and high blood pressure. Aerobic exercises will strengthen, and tone, most of your major muscle groups and your bones as well; maintaining an aerobic exercise routine will drastically reduce your changes of developing osteoporosis.

Aerobic Exercise and You

Whether you are out of shape, over weight, pregnant, or elderly there is an aerobic exercise routine that can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Aerobics is all about moving your body, increasing your heart rate, and improving your overall body condition. If you have not exercised in a long time you should start your aerobic exercise program slowly. Try to commit a time, at least once a day, for just stretching and moving your body around; gradually increase the intensity, and time period, of your aerobic work out. If you join an aerobic exercise program and it is too intense for you, do not become discouraged and quit all together. Keep looking around and try new aerobic exercise routines that will suit your needs better.