Back-to-Basics: The Benefits of Aerobics Workouts
When most people hear the words “aerobic exercise,” they automatically think back to the golden days of headbands, ladies in spandex and bright neon step-up boxes! It has definitely evolved over time. Aerobic exercise, also known as “cardio” exercise that requires pumping of oxygenated blood by the heart to deliver oxygen to working muscles. It stimulates the heart rate and breathing in a way that can be sustained during an exercise session. Aerobic meaning “with oxygen” can improve your endurance, so long as the heart rate is not elevated too high. One may not be able to sustain such endurance if the heart is working at a level it is not used to performing.
Aerobic exercise not only improves fitness but also has a plethora of benefits for both emotional and physical health. It can help prevent or reduce the chance of developing some cancers, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis just to name a few. Many people also enjoy utilizing aerobic exercise as a stress reliever or bonding time with family and friends. Some examples of aerobic exercise are cardio machines, spinning, running, walking, hiking, aerobic classes, dancing, cross country skiing, and kickboxing. Sports are also great for aerobic exercises such as basketball, boxing, soccer, rugby and much more.
A person’s aerobic exercise plan should be simple, practical, and realistic. Do not try to make up for years of inactivity all in one session.Choose what is best for your
body. If you want to begin as soon as possible, you may want to start with walking. It is not a foreign exercise to you, it does not require equipment, and you can do it right around your home. You must choose wisely when to want to attend an aerobics class. The classes are normally categorized as beginner, intermediate and advanced. It does not matter if it is low impact or high impact, so long as you sustain for 30 minutes or more-that is considered cardio and it counts! Specific equipment, such as cardio machines, step-up boxes, leg/hand weights, may be used but is not necessary for successful aerobic exercise.
By: Andreanna L Calhoun