Most people are aware that maintaining a good exercise regime is beneficial for your health. It helps to boost metabolism, improve blood flow, reduce weight and lower cholesterol, which in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease. However, when it comes to exactly what exercise is most beneficial, people are occasionally a little more clueless.
For example, many believe that lifting weights constitutes exercise. While it’s true that weight-lifting can help to strengthen muscles, which in turn, benefits the body, it isn’t classified as aerobic exercise. And it’s aerobic exercise that you’ll need to do if you want to reduce your chances of heart-related health problems.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The term ‘aerobic’ quite literally means ‘with oxygen’. However, in recent years, we use the expression to refer to activities that cause us to inhale harder, thus increasing the oxygen in the body. It also refers to exercise that elevates your heart rate.
Anaerobic exercise, such as lifting weights, does not alter your metabolic rate, nor does it cause you to become out of breath.
There are many different forms of aerobic exercise, and it’s a good idea to experiment and find out which one is best for you. After all, you’ll want to find an activity that you can stick to for a long period of time, and if you find the exercise boring or painful, it’s unlikely that you’ll be motivated to continue with it.
Running – Healthy… and Free!
Running is an excellent form of aerobic activity, in that it’s beneficial for the heart, it can be tailored to your level of fitness and it’s completely free. All you’ll need to get started is a pair of good running shoes and some suitable clothing.
Getting Checked Before You Begin
Before you commence any new exercise regime, it’s important to get checked by a professional first, especially if you have any pre-existing health problems. To book your check-up with Bradenton Heart Center today, simply call 941 794 3999.