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Aerobic activities to get healthier and fitter

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 26, 2013
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  • Exercises like running are excellent for your health.
  • Aerobic exercises helps your heart health.
  • It helps increase strength and endurance.
  • Aerobic exercises can elevate your mood.

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Exercises in the current times means lifting weights and building biceps, everything else goes for a toss. It is disheartening to see people walk into a gym and head straight for the weights, hold your horses friends. There is something called aerobic exercises and it is the foundation for your physical fitness.

 

aerobic exercises for fitness

Aerobic exercises are tiring, and this is precisely why most tend to avoid it, you are working out and sweating and you body is pumping blood, your lungs are getting tired and you cannot handle it anymore. But you push, you push yourself to the edge of it, and that is what aerobic exercises are all about. There is so much of goodness involved in aerobic exercises, running, walking, swimming, cycling; they tone your body and makes you tough. Here are some benefits of doing aerobic exercises.


Heart Health

Your heart health gets immensely benefited with the help of aerobic exercises. Your heart pumps more blood and gets stronger with each beat, it has larger stroke volume. Professional athletes just by the virtue of the amount of aerobic exercises they do have stroke volumes that are twice as high as average individuals. Also, your heart’s muscles get bigger as you do aerobic exercises and they pump more efficiently to allow greater filling time. This is good as it means that more blood fills the chambers of the heart before they pump so as to allow more blood to pump with each beat.


Obesity and Weight Control

If you are obese or if you have any extra weight hanging on you then aerobic exercises will take care of this situation. Aerobic exercises are believed to be the single best predicator of weight maintenance. You can very easily lose weight without exercising and just by reducing your calorie intake so that you burn more than you lose, and so try consuming lesser calories along with doing aerobic exercises. The level of exercise that you should do depends on your physical need and requirement and therefore you should be well aware of how much weight you want to lose.


Helping Diabetics

People have time and again been asked to do aerobic exercises in order to cure or prevent diabetes, like brisk walking or jogging. Studies have shown that by doing aerobic exercises you reduce your risk of diabetes by 58 per cent, which is a very good news. By doing aerobic exercises you improve your insulin resistance, which is a condition in which the body does not use insulin properly. This condition unfortunately can happen to any individual irrespective of the fact whether they have or do not have diabetes. Insulin is basically a hormone in your body which helps the cells in your body to convert glucose to energy.


Increases Stamina

So much of aerobic exercises lead you to build your stamina and endurance, and you can push yourself harder to a greater extent. Regular exercises makes you stronger and tougher, do you often feel so tired at the end of the day that you do not even have time to give to your family? You need aerobic exercises, and in the beginning it will be very difficult, but slowly and steadily you will start having greater stamina and endurance. Over the long term there can be nothing better than aerobic exercises, try it to believe it.


Depression

It is a proven fact that exercising can elevate our mood and there have been a number of studies on the same. It is however not a substitute for a therapy in a case of depression, it is merely a way to make things better and elevate ones spirit.

If you have the time then do at least one aerobic exercise, walk, run, swim or go cycling, the most important thing is to have fun while doing it.

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  • Suresh26 Sep 2013
    I couldn't agree more with the writer, people 'workout' these days just by merely lifting weight, there is no aerobic. Forget about aerobic there isn't even any free hand exercises. Aerobic exercises have a lot of benefits and modern day workouts concentrate a lot on this. I have been working out for about eight years now and I have only recently started doing aerobic exercises. I want to convey a message to all those who are working out, and that is a nice reminder to do more aerobic exercises.