Aerobic exercise is considered by most experts to be the single most important component of fitness. Studies have shown that people who do regular continuous exercise will live longer, have a greater work capacity, and will decrease their risk of coronary artery disease, cancer and diabetes. Aerobic fitness can be defined as the ability of the body’s cardiovascular and muscular systems to provide the necessary energy to sustain activity that uses the large muscle groups over an extended period of time. To reach aerobic fitness, a person must engage in continuous activity like jogging, walking, cycling, stair climbing, rowing, or swimming at an intensity level you can maintain for at least 30 minutes, three to seven days per week.
What are the benefits of aerobic exercise?
There are numerous benefits for health and general well being to be gained from regular cardiovascular exercise:
- Increased energy levels
- Reduced stress and improved mental health (due to the release of endorphins in the brain)
- Increased heart and lung efficiency
- Reduced blood pressure, resting heart rate and risk of stroke or heart attack.