Exercise can be great for many reasons, such as easing stress and getting in shape. But exercise is also important for getting your blood flowing and improving circulation, allowing nutrients and hormones to be carried throughout the body.
One way to get your blood pumping is with aerobic exercises, which are low-intensity and can be performed for longer amounts of time.
Commonly referred to as cardio, aerobic exercises require oxygenated blood to travel from the heart to the muscles being used. Both heart rate and breathing increase while these activities are performed.
If you’re an outdoorsy person, you can jog in your neighborhood or at a track. If you’re feeling adventurous, some parks offer hiking trails, which are nice for a change of scenery and some exploration.
If you’re afraid of getting sunburned or have bad allergies, try the treadmill or elliptical at the gym. If you carry your cell phone with you while you jog, you can also get an app that tracks how long and far you run.
If running isn’t your thing, swimming is another form of cardio that provides many benefits. Water offers resistance to make your muscles work harder, but swimming easy on your bones because there is no ground impact.
Swimming is often suggested to people who have injuries or arthritis so they can stay in shape without hurting their joints.
It’s especially great for people who want to beat the heat or get tired from spending too long in the hot sun.
This is a great hobby and option for aerobic exercise. It can be a creative form of expression while working many muscles in the body. Since there are many types of dance to choose from, you’ll never run out of ideas or get bored.
You can dance on your own or with a class, so it’s a great way to be social, make friends and get in shape, all at the same time. You don’t necessarily need equipment for aerobic exercises, so they’re an easy way to get your blood flowing.
Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and research group, recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week for healthy adults. Plus, exercising releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemical, which is linked to happiness. So get moving!
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