Move it! Aerobic exercise is good for body and soul

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…]

Aerobic – Teen Sport

The First Step

There’s more good news about walking: It’s easy, and it’s ready when you are. You know how it feels just trying to gather your gear and get ready for exercise. First, there are clothes and equipment to drag around, then there may be restrictive hours or weather to contend with. But with walking, you don’t have to be bothered by those things. You can walk whenever you have the time, whether it be squeezing in a walk before classes or after school. And the locale is up to you, too. Walking outside on a track, around your own block, or indoors in a local shopping mall are popular choices. Many malls across the country are opening their doors early so that walkers can exercise before the stores open. Just slide into some appropriate walking shoes and you’re off. [Read more…]