Benefits Of Daily Exercise

| November 14, 2016

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Exercise should be an important part of everyone’s life. The benefits of exercising daily are too numerous to mention but include maintaining a healthy weight, good heart health, more energy, and increased muscle tone. And exercise doesn’t have to be high intensity to be good for you!

There are two different types of exercise, aerobic and anaerobic. Each one performs a different function and has its own set of goals. In order to perform effective workouts that meet your goals it is important to understand the differences between them and the effects they have on the body so you can tailor your fitness plan effectively.

What Is Aerobic Exercise?

Aerobic exercise, commonly known as cardio is a low intensity energy generating process of physical exercise.

The word “aerobic” means involving or requiring free oxygen, and necessitates the utilisation of oxygen to fulfill energy requirements in the course of exercise.

Typically this form of exercise involves light to moderate or even vigorous activity that requires oxygen. In essence, cardio is any workout that increases heart rate and breathing, but not to the point where you cannot keep going for more than a couple of minutes.

Long slow cardio workouts have gone out of fashion in recent times in favour of short, high intensity workouts. These are more taxing on the body but can produce better results, quicker.

While aerobic means “with oxygen,” conversely, anaerobic means “without oxygen.”

Benefits Of Aerobic Exercise

There are plenty of benefits to engaging in regular aerobic exercise. It is recommended to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, 3 times per week to get some great benefits.

Aerobic workouts are great for heart and lung health, and help you to maintain a healthy weight. Those who partake in cardio exercise regularly have a higher metabolism, and so they burn more calories throughout the day even when they are stationary.

Research has also shown that aerobic exercise may reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. Physically active people can reduce their risk of colon cancer by up to 40% compared to inactive people. Research also shows that the more active you are, the lower the risk for this type of cancer. 30-60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous intensity workouts is all that is required to lower the risk.

It is also important to realize that getting regular aerobic exercise increases stamina, mental focus and energy levels that improve one’s quality of life in general.

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I’m just an average guy who spent 15 years in the Armed Services, and when about to leave thought “Hmmm, what the heck am I going to do now?!?” Being an ex-serviceman I have always had a passion for health and fitness and wanted to help others reach their goals. I have 4 wonderful daughters (hence my lack of hair) and they are my reason “why” I do this. I wanted to have lots of energy to make the most of my family time, especially when the kids are young and making you run around like a lunatic!!! I've managed to keep myself in good shape all my life and it is never too late to start. But you have got to believe in yourself, a LOT!!!! And that’s where I come in. I can help you overcome your doubts and show you how to look after yourself physically and mentally so you can have the physical energy to be able to enjoy all the free time with your friends and family. I guess that about wraps it up; I hope the site helps you in some small way in your health and fitness and personal development journey.

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