Many people think that strength training is all you need to do, and that belief is being reinforced by cultural memes that focus on muscular physiques to look strong and healthy. The thing is, you are going to be losing out on many health benefits that will only come as a result of aerobic exercise.
Considered to be probably the most important aspect of fitness as a whole by a majority of fitness professionals, aerobics has naturally been a key part of living life itself since the dawn of mankind.
Much research has been put into this field and the conclusions show that those who regularly train for extended periods will have longer lives, will be more capable of working harder, and will massively reduce their risk of coronary arterial disease, many types of cancer and diabetes.
Aerobic fitness can be seen as the body’s capability to best use the muscular and cardiovascular system to generate the required energy for sustained effort that is needed when using your biggest muscles for a long workout session.
To be considered aerobically fit, you’ve got to be able to maintain at least 30 minutes of non-stop activity like running, swimming, cycling or climbing at a rate that makes your heart work a minimum of 3 days a week.
If you are relatively new to having an exercise regime, it is going to be in your best interests to begin slowly and increase the intensity and length of your sessions slowly over time. Starting exercise should only be done for 10 to 15 minutes at a low to moderate intensity. You can still do it at least 3 times a week, but it’s really important not to push yourself too much because too much too quickly can result in a minor strain or injury which easily make you think you shouldn’t have bothered trying!
There are many benefits to performing regular exercise, some of which you may never have considered. You probably know about the physical benefits such as strengthening your heart and lungs, reducing your chance of suffering from type 2 diabetes, huge reductions in the level of LDL (the bad one!) cholesterol in your blood… not to mention experiencing a massive boost to your immune system and thus being better able to fight off infections like flu and colds.
What you generally don’t hear about so much are the mental benefits you will experience as a result of regular aerobic training. Psychological studies have shown that working on cardiovascular training can increase your emotional stability, your personal confidence, the sharpness of your memory and your overall brain function in other areas like analytic thinking and decision making.
Remember, research has shown that even short, regular sessions throughout the day… grabbing 5 minutes walking up 10 flights of stairs… or speed walking 10 minutes to get to an appointment on time… do have cumulative benefits and is still much, much better for your health than taking the elevator or catching a taxi!