Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise is brisk, vigorous physical activity that requires the heart and lungs to work harder to meet the body’s increased oxygen demand for a sustained period of time. Aerobic exercise promotes the circulation of oxygen through the blood and tissues, stimulates circulation and moves waste along by stimulating the lymphatic system. Aerobic activity trains your heart, lungs, blood, and blood vessels to deliver more oxygen faster and more efficiently to your body.bounce

Aerobic activities include such things as brisk walking, running, jogging, swimming, rebounding, dancing, and other sports and activities that elevate your heart rate to the “ideal conditioning level”; or you could just …

BOUNCE!

Just find an aerobic activity that you enjoy!

Any physical activity at all that is safe and enjoyable to you, and also meets the definition of being aerobic, is great. Some of these may include brisk walking, running, jogging, dancing, volley ball, basket ball, bicycling, ice skating, especially ice hockey, running around the yard with your dog, playing tag with your children, walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike, swimming, walking around the shallow end of a pool and using the water as resistance, jumping rope (although, be careful as this can be jarring to your joints), hiking, playing active video games such as Wii or Wii fit, using an aerobic workout DVD. You could join a gym, an aerobics class, a water aerobics class, a walking group or club.

Be creative and start where you are. But start!!

Don’t forget your warm up and cool down time. You will want to spend 5-10 minutes warming up your body and joints by engaging in a lighter form of activity such as a moderate walk, before beginning. Then leave some time at the end to slow your activity back down to allow your heart rate to return to your normal resting rate.

 

 

NOTE: You should stop ALL exercise if you feel faint, dizzy, light headed or short of breath.

It is advised that you seek the advice of a doctor before beginning any new exercise program, especially if you have been physically sedentary, are very over weight, or in generally poor health.

 

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