Regular physical activity benefits everyone. Exercise has been touted as the key to an active life and better health with results such as increased lifespan and increased mental agility as some of its numerous advantages. In a bid to exercise effectively, there are a lot of questions in the mind of individuals; how to do it, when to do it, how long, what kinds and many more.
In this article, we will be addressing the popular questions and telling you all you need to know about it.
- How often should I work out?
The baseline is to engage in moderate activities for at least 2-1/2 hours each week. If you are just starting out with exercise, start slow. Start with simple activities like skipping and jogging. Over time, you can increase the intensity. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
- What is aerobic exercise?
This refers to any exercise that involves using extra oxygen. They are usually called cardio because when you do aerobic exercise, your heart rate is elevated. Good examples of aerobic exercise are walking, dancing and jogging.
- What about anaerobic exercise, what does that mean?
These are the types of exercise that do not require a lot of oxygen. They involve quick bursts of energy for maximum effort. A perfect example of anaerobic exercise is weight-lifting.
- Asides from weight control, how does one benefit from exercise?
Exercise is a great way to manage stress. It releases feel-good endorphins that keep you happy and relaxed. Exercise can also help you regulate your blood sugar and reduce your risk of heart. Exercise also releases proteins and chemicals that help improve your brain structure and keep it young as you age. Other benefits include but are not limited to; improving sleep quality, improving your sexual health and reducing your risk of some cancers.
- What should my exercise heart rate be when I work out?
When you exercise your heart rate changes. That rate during exercise is called your exercise heart rate. It refers to how many times your heart beats per minute during a workout. Only a trained fitness professional can offer some advice on what rate is best for your stage of fitness.
- What exercises burn the most fat?
A fine combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises will most likely help you get the most results. It is crucial that with the help of a fitness professional, you tailor your workout to your age and body type. Be sure not to over-exert yourself. The goal is to be fit not end up in the emergency room.
The health information provided under this program is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care provided by a doctor.
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