WHAT DO YOU think of when you hear the words aerobic exercise? Perhaps you think of high-energy exercise trends such as Tae Bo. Or maybe you imagine a brisk walk through the park. You’re right on both counts: Aerobic exercise is any physical activity that raises your heart rate and deepens your breathing for an extended period of time.
You don’t need to join a gym to get your fill of aerobic exercise. Do whatever gets you pumped–mow the lawn, shovel snow, rake leaves, attend a fitness class, run, bike, or swim. Just choose something!
EXERCISE FOR BODY AND MIND
Working out improves your health and happiness. During exercise, your heart and lungs work harder to pump more blood to the muscles than they do when you’re at rest. Physical effort strengthens vital organs and muscles and improves your general stamina. Aerobic exercise significantly reduces your risk of a laundry list of health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, and certain cancers. [Read more…]