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Aerobics

You already know that it's important to exercise and keep in shape. You've seen it on the news, been pummeled by it through advertisements, and have likely discussed it with your doctor.

These days, finding the time and the energy to exercise is a workout in itself. From nine to five, your day planner is jammed with meetings and deadlines. Evenings are taken up with family and home commitments. It's certainly not easy, but it is essential that you find time to work out, even a few times a week. Aerobics are the perfect way to work out, when you just don't have the time to work out.

The popularity of aerobics exploded onto the scene in the 1980's, when leggy beauties jumped and jiggled to top twenty hits. Along with this type of "dancercise" came the unfortunate misconception that aerobics were geared exclusively to the buff and the bimbos. In reality, aerobics hold much more value for anyone seeking an effective workout. Aerobic exercise can be low in intensity, yet long in duration.

Walking, swimming, biking, jogging or taking part in an aerobics class are all great ways to get started. It's important that you begin your exercise regime with a low-intensity workout, and then increase the tempo throughout the following weeks. For instance, begin with a twenty-minute walk or job in week one. The following week, try incorporating a jog over some shallow hills to increase your fitness level. In the third week, increase the duration of your workout from twenty to thirty minutes, and go up to five times a week.

Aerobics are ideal exercise options for people who wish to lose weight. Despite advances in modern surgical procedures, equipment and drugs, a healthy diet combined with regular physical exercise is still the safest and most effective way to drop excess pounds and keep the weight off. Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintaining your good shape, aerobics can help you to realize your goal.

Aerobic exercise is also extremely beneficial to your circulatory and respiratory systems. It increases the circulation of oxygen in your body, allowing the heart to use the oxygen more efficiently. The body's muscular system also benefits from aerobic routines. When you exercise, the increased blood circulation and heart rate work together to enhance the muscles' ability to create energy. That's why a healthy workout can actually leave you feeling more energized, even after an exhausting day at work. Exercise also benefits your body by helping it to clean away toxins. Increased blood circulation helps organs like the liver and kidneys to eliminate the body's natural waste products. Aerobics are also good for toning muscle and increasing lean body mass, relaxing tired muscles, reducing stress and aiding in sleep. There are also important psychological benefits, including improved mood and reduced anxiety and depression.

When you have decided to make the commitment to losing fat and creating the body you want, aerobic exercise is a great place to start. Begin with walking, cycling or swimming, or enroll in an aerobics class. Choose a qualified instructor who will show you how to do the exercises, and help you to determine the degree of intensity that's best suited to your personal fitness level. Don't be shy about exercising in a group setting. You are welcome to work out at your own pace and if you become tired, you can simply march in place until you have regained your energy.

You have so many reasons to take on a healthy, active lifestyle. Aside from the obvious physical and psychological benefits, being fit will help you to be prepared to meet any of life's daily challenges. When your mind and body are healthy, you'll have the energy to meet deadlines, finished projects and succeed. Aerobics can help you become a stronger person in every way.

Submitted by:

John Brown

John Brown writes for several web sites, on fitness and health topics.




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