The Importance of Aerobics Training

Many people work-out with weights on a regular basis but

when it comes to doing their cardiovascular work, they tend to either cut it short or not do it at all. Many of the excuses that I've heard over the years are: "it is too boring", "it takes too much time", etc. Cardiovascular exercise doesn't have to be limited to walking on the treadmill or jumping on the stationary bike in the gym. Any form of activity that keeps your heart-rate up for an extended period of time can be considered cardiovascular exercise. Take a hike with your family, walk your dogs, go for a leisurely bike ride by the beach on weekends...all of these activities can be fun and beneficial to you.

Those who do put in the time know that regular exercise benefits your external appearance by keeping your body toned and lean. While many people work out with looking good as their primary reason, let us not forget the health benefits that go along with regular cardiovascular exercise.

When we mention aerobic conditioning, optimum health benefits are achieved when you maintain your heart-rate between 60-80% of your maximum heart-rate (MHR). Try to maintain this range for as long as possible. Experts believe that you should do at least 20-30 minutes of exercise per session.

The human heart is a muscle, about the size of your fist. Just like any muscle, it can thicken in size with regular exercise. A larger, stronger heart can pump more oxygen-rich blood through your body. Active muscles need more nutrients and oxygen. Blood must be brought to these working muscles during exercise to meet these increased requirements.

For those with borderline or moderate hypertension, endurance training can also help reduce resting blood pressure. Performing aerobic exercise on a regular basis also allows an individual to perform at a higher intensity without elevating his or her lactic acid levels as much. The ratio of carbon dioxide released to oxygen consumption during nutrient metabolism is called respiratory exchange ratio or RER. Training aerobically will enable your body to utilize oxygen more efficiently, thus also burning fat more effectively.

These are just a few of the benefits of aerobics training. There are, of course, many others but for most of us, these are reasons enough why we should not ignore aerobic training. It doesn't have to be boring or monotonous...if you are at the gym, you can always read a magazine, listen to music or watch television. Better yet, get your friends and family to exercise with you. A regular aerobics exercise program will make you feel good, reduce stress and increase your energy levels.


Shawn H. Ooi is a Los Angeles-based freelance personal trainer specializing in fitness, boxing, kickboxing and martial arts instruction. With over 16 years of professional experience, he has trained some of L.A.'s influential professionals as well as Hollywood's elite. Shawn is available for one-on-one or group training sessions and consultations. He may be reached at (323) 960 7631 or at [email protected] .

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