Aerobic exercise is any physical activity that uses large muscle groups, can be maintained continuously for a long period of time, and increases your heart rate up to at least 60% of your maximum heart rate. It’s easy to do and provides rewards that go beyond just fitness, like a better mood and increased self-esteem.
why do aerobic exercise?
Aerobic exercise is beneficial because it increases your oxygen uptake, which in turn increases the number of calories used. Aerobic exercise also burns fat and increases muscle mass.
Another benefit of aerobic exercise is that it causes the body to burn calories long after your workout is done. This is because muscles secrete the hormone called Human Growth Hormone, or “hGH” which increases metabolism for two to three days after your workout has ended.
How many calories are burned during aerobic exercise?
Aerobic exercise burns an average of 400-500 calories per hour, depending on your level of fitness and the type of aerobic exercise you do. During aerobic exercise, your body absorbs oxygen from air and stores it in different tissues. Your body doesn’t burn oxygen directly but instead changes the stored oxygen into additional energy (ATP) which can be used by your body to do work for fuel. The more you move, the more energy is required to store oxygen in muscle and other tissues.
How much aerobic exercise do I need to do?
It depends on how much weight you want to lose. Adding just a few extra miles per week of walking or jogging will help reduce your weight. For example, if you already walk or jog 3 miles 3 times per week, adding an additional mile during each session could reduce your body weight by 5% over the next year.
Can aerobic exercise make me too tired?
Not if it is done gradually and properly. Before starting any new exercise program, make sure you talk with your doctor first. Also, don’t start any exercise program without first warming up your muscles and stretching them. Warming up and stretching will help decrease the chance of injury and increase your range of motion.
Can I do aerobic exercise alone?
Yes, you can do aerobic exercise alone, but it is sometimes more fun to do aerobic exercise with a partner or in a class.