Aerobic exercises are also known for their increase in endurance, and work to increase the functioning of the cardiovascular system to pump oxygen throughout the body efficiently. Regular aerobics increases the amount of oxygen that the cells in the body receive, strengthens the heart to improve its ability to pump blood efficiently, creating muscle tone, increasing red blood cells, and improving mental health concerns related to stress and depression. Some additional benefits are lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and weight loss. Chronic diseases such as heart failure and diabetes are improved with regular exercise, under the watchful eye of your physician.
If you’re new to exercise or you are starting aerobic activities when you’re older in age, walking is a great way to burn calories and begin the process to condition your heart to pump better.
Indoors or outdoors, jogging is an excellent exercise that provides individuals with a higher impact workout to burn more calories and make a difference in weight.
Compared to running and jogging, jumping rope actually provides a better exercise because impact is absorbed in both feet at the same time and 10 minutes of jumping rope is the equivalent of a one mile run.
Swimming is an exercise that individuals of all ages can take part in. If you are overweight, the water provides buoyancy to cushion your joints from impact, while helping you to increase your heart rate, burn calories and lose fat.
Outdoor/ Stationary Cycling
Burning fat and reducing the risk of heart disease, as well as lowering blood pressure are some wonderful benefits to cycling. Many people watch television or listen to music while cycling and find it quite relaxing.
Treadmill/ Elliptical Machines
This method of aerobic exercise combines jogging and walking while allowing you to lower or increase your resistance. These can be high intensity or low intensity to aid weight loss.
By incorporating dance steps and arm movements in your routine, with or without weights, step aerobics can be the workout you’ve been looking for. It’s fun, helps you burn calories and is a great way to stay fit.
High Weight Reps
If you’re interested in weight training, you will probably be surprised to know that you can actually increase the aerobic impact by using low weights and increasing your reps to get your heart pumping and calories burning.
Cardio Kickboxing is an excellent high impact work out designed to help you lose weight, burn calories and learn and introduce you to a type of martial arts.