Generally, Americans do not get enough aerobic exercise. Even though most Americans could list at least some benefits of aerobic exercise, they fail to exercise on a regular basis. America is the most obese nation on the earth today. Regularly including aerobics in your exercise program could help you lose weight and get in shape. What are the benefits of aerobic exercise and why should everyone include at least 20 minutes of exercise three times a week?
The Benefits of Aerobic Exercise
One of the many benefits of aerobic exercise includes increased energy. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, even when you begin to exercise. Another benefit of exercising regularly is improved stamina. You will less likely be tired by the end of the day if you exercise regularly. Disease prevention is very important for everyone. Regular exercise has been known to fight disease, obesity and high blood pressure. Risk for stroke, cancer and diabetes may also be impacted by aerobic exercise.
Along with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise can help you lose weight and get in shape. Regular exercise may also help boost your immune system, so that you may be less likely to get the common cold or flu. It can also boost mood and give you a stronger heart that beats more efficiently.
From a scientific standpoint, aerobic exercise gives you more and bigger mitochondria, which are the energy producers in the muscles. This translates into more muscular energy. The number of capillaries will also increase, resulting in your muscles having more access to nutrients and oxygen. The number of myoglobin will also increase in your blood, which will mean that oxygen will more quickly be transported to the muscles. There will also be an increase in the number of aerobic enzymes in the mitochondria, giving you more energy.
Aerobic exercise is vitally important for everyone. Failing to get enough aerobic exercise weekly may result in an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Your bones may also be weaker. If you want to lose weight and feel better about yourself, think about adding a weekly routine of aerobic exercises.
Glover, Bob, The Competitive Runner’s Handbook