What is Aerobic Exercise?
What makes an exercise an aerobic exercise? The definition is exercise which is of a moderate intensity that is performed for an extended period of time. Some examples of aerobic exercise are riding a bike, jogging, and dancing.
How Long Should I Work Out?
You should work out for at least 20 minutes and that does not count the warming up and cooling down (5+ minutes for each) periods. In other words your aerobic exercise should last a total of at least 30 minutes. Obviously, more is better.
What Is Cardio?
Cardio is the medical word for the heart. The reason that aerobic exercise is often called cardio training is that it gets the heart beat up. It is believed that aerobics is good for the heart.
What Is Anaerobic Exercise?
It's basically the opposite of aerobics. Instead of moderate intensity over a long period of time, it tends to be very high intensity over a shorter period of time. An example of anaerobic exercise is strength training.
What Are The Positives Of Doing Regular Aerobic Exercise?
- It strengthens the muscles involved in respiration.
- It strengthens and enlarges the heart muscle. This improves it's pumping efficiency and reduces the resting heart rate.
- It improves circulation efficiency.
- It reduced blood pressure.
- It increases the number of red blood cells in the body which facilitate the transportation of oxygen in the body.
- It has been shown to improve mental health. It reduces stress and reduces the chance of depression.
- It increases the body's endurance.