“With oxygen” is the literal definition of aerobic. These are exercises that should be done to lose weight and regain or maintain health. Aerobics are generally done at moderate levels of intensity for a longer time and can target any part of your body you wish to slim. There are many advantages of aerobics, which is why this form of exercise is both important and popular among health-conscious people.
Exercise can be broken down into two categories: aerobic and anaerobic. These differ in the ways in which your muscles contract during the exercise and how energy is generated within the muscles. Examples of anaerobic exercises include weight training or strength training, and with aerobic exercises, even the most well-built bodybuilder will not be able to run, swim, etc for long periods of time without conditioning.
During aerobic exercise, your body breaks down glycogen to use for energy. If there is not enough glycogen in the body, you start using fat reserves instead, which is why you lose weight. Oxygen plays a key role in this process. With aerobic exercise, you don’t use bursts of energy. Rather, you spread out moderate levels of energy over a long period of time to trigger the use of fat in energy production. In general, things like running distances, dancing, and swimming for long periods of time are considered aerobic exercises, while anything with short bursts of motion, like sprinting, are not.
Benefits of aerobic exercises are great, which is why most doctors recommend them to patients, even if you enjoy a normal weight. Some of these benefits include strengthening the heart so it pumps more efficiently, increasing the flow of blood (and oxygen) in the body, and increasing endurance. Aerobics decreases the risk of death due to cardiovascular problems and of osteoporosis in both men and women.
There are a number of great exercise programs you can do, which include both solo activities and classes with groups. To learn more (and always before starting a new exercise program, talk to your doctor or other health care professional. They should be able to help you choose aerobic exercises will work best for any health issues you may need to contend with. Aerobics are the key to living a healthier and physically productive life, so don’t wait another day before starting a new healthy program that includes aerobics.
If you need some ideas, Advocare has a great 2-part workout video.