10 Reasons For Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise is a great workout regardless of your age, weight, or athletic ability. Almost every study on fitness concludes that you can live both a longer and a healthier life if you will participate in some type of aerobic exercise (such as walking, swimming, or bicycling) for at least 30 minutes each day.

The large muscles in your arms, legs, and hips are required during aerobic activities. Consequently, your heart, lungs, and blood flow are stimulated. When you breathe faster and deeper, the amount of oxygen in your blood is maximized. Your heart beats faster and blood flow to your muscles and back to your lungs is increased. During this process, your capillaries (small blood vessels) widen and deliver more oxygen to your muscles while disposing of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid. As a bonus, your body releases endorphins (natural painkillers).

Your body will adapt to aerobic exercise if you will do it on a regular basis. You will find your body getting stronger and more efficient. Let's take a look at 10 reasons that you should consider getting aerobic exercise on a daily basis.


Aerobic exercise combined with a healthy diet helps to control your weight. Your ultimate goal should be to burn at least as many calories as you consume each day. This is an excellent way to achieve that goal.


You will find that your stamina increases over time. When I started walking, I was huffing and puffing after 1/2 mile. It was not long before I was able to actually participate in 5K (3.2 mile) runs.


Your immune system will become less susceptible to viral illnesses such as colds and the flu.


Aerobic exercise can help to significantly reduce your risk of many health issues including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. The risk of osteoporosis is reduced by weight-bearing exercise such as walking.


It is common that high blood pressure is lowered and that blood sugar is controlled in people who participate regularly in aerobic exercise. And, if you have suffered a heart attack, aerobic activity can help you to avoid a consequent heart attack.


By strengthening your heart through aerobics, it pumps blood more efficiently because it does not need to beat as fast.


If you will include aerobics as part of your regular exercise routine, you will suffer less build of plaque in your arms. Your "good" cholesterol (HDL) will improve and your "bad" cholesterol (LDL) will be reduced.


People who suffer from depression and / or anxiety will be aware of a noticeable improvement. Also, it seems counter-intuitive, but most people find aerobic exercise to be relaxing.


As we age, our muscles deteriorate. Aerobics can help to reverse this trend which improves mobility. In addition, regular participation in aerobic exercise seems to reduce cognitive decline in older adults by helping to keep the mind sharp.


Finally, there is growing evidence that people who participate regularly in aerobics can expect to live longer than those who do not.

Before you begin participating in aerobic activities on a regular basis, check with your doctor. My MD always reminds me that "getting old is not for sissies". In addition, you may have developed some type of health condition over the years that precludes you from "jumping in with both feet". You may need to start slowly then work your way up to more strenuous exercise. Start slow and keep improving. You can do it!

Source by Gus Provenzano

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