Other than the obvious physical benefit of aerobic exercise there are numerous other benefits. In this article, on aerobic exercise, we will discuss some reasons why you may want to add aerobic activity to your daily “to do” list.
First, let’s define what we mean when we use the term aerobic exercise. Aerobic means with air or oxygen. Further, the American College of Sports Medicine defines aerobic exercise as, “any activity that uses large muscle groups, can be maintained continuously, and is rhythmic in nature.”
Some of the specific types of aerobic exercise, also known as cardio exercise; are walking, jogging, aerobic dancing, bicycling, swimming, rebounding, stair stepper machines, elliptical machines etc.
The benefit of aerobic exercise occurs because your lungs and heart are overloaded with an increase in the amount of oxygen that is transferred to your blood for dispersal to all your cells. Since oxygen itself is very healing, the increase in the oxygen load to the cells stimulates them to “clean house” so to speak. During aerobic activity the cells begin eliminating toxic waste material and rejuvenating themselves. Healthier cells mean a healthier body.
Naturally, a benefit of aerobic exercise is a stronger and more fit cardiovascular system. Your cardiovascular system is comprised of your heart, blood, and blood vessels. A healthy cardiovascular system efficiently transports oxygen (via the blood) to every organ and cell in the body and in turn removes waste products.
Some of the other benefits of aerobic exercise include:
- Improved utilization of insulin and glucose tolerance
- Lower blood pressure
- Overall healthier cholesterol levels
- Reduced body fat
- Increased stamina and overall performance
- Reduced risk of developing colon and breast cancer
- Improved psychological well being
- Decreased depression
- Decreased anxiety
If you are planning on taking advantage of the health benefits of aerobic activity make sure you check with your doctor first. It is important that you have a plan that is right for you. However, to get the most benefit of aerobic exercise, the Cleveland Clinic recommends performing the activity for 30 to 60 minutes, three to five times per week and that you choose an activity you will enjoy! Don’t wait any longer; make a plan now to enjoy the benefits of improved health, through the benefit of aerobic exercise.