Before learning about the benefits of aerobic exercise, it is good to know the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercises.
Aerobic exercise refers to physical movements or activities that involve or improve oxygen consumption by the body. Examples of aerobic exercise are brisk walking, jogging, running, and bicycling. Anaerobic means "without oxygen."
It involves an activity that produces short burst of power. Weight lifting and push ups are two examples where they involve strength or weight training.
One of the easiest ways to recognize if you are exercising aerobically is to notice if you are able to talk or converse while you are working out. Both forms of exercises are good. But there are more benefits of aerobic exercise compared to anaerobic.
The simplest exercise is taking a 20 to 30 minutes brisk walk. Walking or running about 5 miles a day is recommended because according to studies, you will burn about 100 calories when you walk a mile. But this also depends on your age, size, fitness level and your diet or food intake.
When you do aerobic exercise, you improve your circulatory system and blood flow. Your heart and blood vessels are able to transport nutrients and oxygen to the tissues of your body and remove carbon dioxide and other wastes effectively. What it means is you are able to reduce your risk of heart related problems like coronary artery and congenital heart disease.
After continuing an aerobic exercise program for a few weeks, you'll most likely begin to increase your stamina and energy level and feels healthier. This is because you would already have lowered or controlled your blood sugar, blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
Another one of the benefits of aerobic exercise is it releases endorphin which is a natural neurochemicals that is produced in the brain. This substance helps reduces pain and makes you feel good. You'll think and feel better. When you are in this positive state of mind and emotions, you are likely able to easily ward of infections and stress related ailments.
If you haven't been exercising, you might find it difficult to begin. The easiest way to push you to do it is to choose one of many types of aerobic exercise that you'll enjoy doing, be it cycling, dancing, running or stair climbing.
Get creative and find ways to keep you going. You can listen to your MP3 while you walk or jog, join a friend or group of friends who are committed or watch your favorite television program on your treadmill.
Before you start your exercise program, check your physical and health condition with your physician. Getting a personal trainer is a good decision. A personal fitness coach will check your BMI before you begin, explains the benefits of aerobic exercise, plan an exercise program, show you the exercise routines and push you to reach your goal.