Aerobics: 20 Minutes To A Better Life

Eddie LambMar 06, 2010 | edited Mar 06, 2010 - by @EddieLamb

Aerobics is a combination of physical exercise, strength training and stretching. Thirty to sixty minutes is the amount of exercise recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Not only is aerobic activity important in controlling body weight, there are an abundant health benefits that come with exercise.

Aerobic fitness can help to maintain good blood pressure levels, allows the heart to pump more effectively, decreases bad cholesterol while improving the good, and by reducing the systemic inflammation can lower the chance of having heart disease.

Another benefit of exercise in people with Type 2 diabetes is that it makes the efficiency of the body better by increasing tissue sensitivity to insulin. In addition, more glucose is produced and pressed out of the blood stream. The blood will enter the cells and decrease the amount of glucose in the blood. By allowing glucose to metabolize in the body and letting normal blood sugar levels be maintained, aerobic exercise minimizes the risk of developing diabetes.

Obesity, which is a big concern in the United States is the first noticeable health benefit of exercise. Any amount of increased activity will bring about a change in the body, including a decrease in body fat and an increase in lean muscle.

Aerobics also helps with the over all quality of life by improving sleep, reducing fatigue, increasing energy levels, improving mood, reducing depression, stress and anxiety. It increases endorphins, which make the outlook on life more positive, prevents certain cancers and may help to increase longevity all while being happier.

In order to get the most benefits out of aerobic exercise, it is important to get the heart within target heart range. This is done by the calculated age method. Starting with the number 220, age is subtracted and that number is multiplied by 70 percent. Although this method is not totally accurate since people are at different levels of fitness ability, it does give a safe starting point. The American Heart Association recommends a range between 50 percent and 75 percent of maximum heart rate. Exercising at a target heart rate is the best way to get the most out of daily exercise and reap its benefits.

In 1968, Dr. Kenneth Cooper developed a series of exercises listed in his book, Aerobics, that he knew would help to prevent coronary artery disease. These exercises were running, bicycling, swimming and walking.

Immediately following Dr. Coopers book, a woman named Jackie Sorenson developed aerobic dance. Aerobic dance consisted of a series of dance routines, done to music, where by improving cardiovascular fitness.

Sportaerobics was introduced in 1983 by Howard and Karen Schwartz. The first national aerobic championship was held in 1984 and by the year 2002, the competition included six athletes performing a 1 minute and 45 second rhythmic routine. Scores were based on artistic and technical merit. By 1996 gymnastique discipline had replaced the name sportaerobics.

Including aerobic activity into a daily routine, will lead to a longer, happier, and healthier life.

An aerobics workout should raise your heartbeat for an extended period of time. They say that you should continue your aerobics workout for at least twenty minutes. Bear in mind, if you're exercising in water you will need water aerobic weights. You can get free advice and useful info on our website.

Paul Larn Author Jun 25, 2010

Excellent blog. First time here for me. I think I will be coming here often.

edited Jun 25, 2010 - by @PaulLarn28947
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