Aerobic Exercise Benefits
Aerobic exercise benefits abound, according to the American Heart Association. Aerobic exercise is the type of physical activity characterized by moderate to vigorous motion. Moderate types of aerobic activity include walking, dancing, house or yard work, pilates and some types of yoga. More vigorous aerobic exercises are often sports related such as basketball, tennis, running or jogging, hiking and vigorous dance styles. Depending on fitness levels and interests, there is most certainly an aerobic exercise to suit anyone's needs. The following are some of the reasons that aerobic exercise is beneficial.
- Improve cardiovascular fitness. Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for coronary disease. Participating in regular aerobic exercise can minimize this risk factor. Those with known cardiovascular conditions should exercise under the guidance of a health care provider.
Conditions the body. Many types of aerobic activities help to condition the body through toning muscle, improving joint function, increasing respiratory and heart function, improving endurance and raising energy levels.
- Reduces risk of other health conditions. Risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers are all reduced with a regularly maintained fitness program.
- Assists with psychological health. Regular aerobic exercise benefits those prone to anxiety or depression by improving the mood and providing an overall sense of well-being.
Aerobic exercise benefits the body by conditioning the heart to work more efficiently as well as the lungs, muscles and joints. Knowing the type of aerobic activity for you can be determined in conjunction with the advice of a knowledgeable health care provider. Aerobic exercise, when done even moderately for an accumulated period of 30 minutes per day, is beneficial.