Aerobic Exercises

By Robert Lim, PTA, Site Coordinator

What are Aerobic Exercises, and How Do They Help Me?

Aerobic exercise is a workout activity that is continuous and maintained for a prolonged period of time.  Aerobic exercises include running, walking, swimming, cycling, or skating. By having excellent aerobic fitness, your body produces oxygen and proper nutrients to larger muscle groups to keep up with the demands of aerobic exercise(s) you choose to do. People that chose to perform continuous exercises usually live longer and decrease their chances of having cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Yoga is a great low impact exercise you can do at home

You are probably asking yourself, how does aerobic exercise help me in the long run? If you have had any blood work performed in your lifetime, you have probably heard these words before good and bad cholesterol. Aerobic exercises help increase good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol. Another benefit of performing exercises help strengthen your heart and lungs, especially when performing a strenuous activity such as lifting heavy objects, walking up hills and inclines, or performing things that require a lot of energy. Other benefits of aerobic exercise(s) include:

  • Lowering blood pressure.
  • Control blood sugar.
  • Assist with weight loss and/or weight management.

What Are Some Examples?

Aerobic exercises can be broken down into low impact or high impact exercises. Good examples of each include the following:

Low Impact Exercises

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling/biking
  • Rowing
  • Elliptical
    man and woman running for aerobic exercise

    Running is a great aerobic exercise

High Impact Exercises 

  • Running/jogging
  • Jumping rope
  • Plyometrics
  • Step aerobics

How Long Should You Perform Aerobic Exercises?

The American Heart Association recommends that everyone should reach a minimum of 30 minutes of some form of cardiovascular exercise 5 to 7 days per week.

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By: Robert Lim, PTA, Site Coordinator

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