Benefits of Aerobic Exercise
Your clients probably know it as “cardio.” Aerobic exercise is any type of cardiovascular conditioning performed for a sustained period of time. It can include activities like walking, swimming, running, or cycling.
Aerobic exercise differs from anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting or sprinting which involves quick bursts of energy, performed at maximum effort for a short time.
How The Body Responds to Aerobic Exercise
During aerobic activity, your clients will repeatedly move large muscles in their arms, legs, and hips. During aerobic activity, your clients will breath faster and more deeply. This maximizes the amount of oxygen in the blood and their heart will beat faster, which increases blood flow to their muscles and back to your lungs.
The capillaries will widen to deliver more oxygen to the muscles and carry away waste products, such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
During aerobic exercise, the body will even release endorphins which are natural painkillers that promote an increased sense of well-being.
How Aerobic Exercise Benefits Your Health
Regardless of your client’s age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic activity is good for them. Aerobic activity has many health benefits and as your body adapts to regular aerobic exercise, your clients will get stronger and fitter and enjoy life to the fullest.
Shed Pounds & Maintain Healthy Weight
Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise helps your clients lose weight and keep it off.
Improved Stamina, Fitness & Strength
Your clients will probably feel tired when they first start regular aerobic exercise, but over the long term, they will enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue. You can also gain increased heart and lung fitness and bone and muscle strength over time.
Keep Illness at Bay
Aerobic exercise will activate your client’s immune system which could leave them less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, like colds and the flu.
Reduce Health Risks
Routine aerobic exercise can reduce the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke and some forms of cancer. Also, weight-bearing aerobic exercises like walking can help decrease your client’s risk of osteoporosis.
Help Manage Chronic Conditions
Aerobic exercise can help lower blood pressure and control blood sugar. It can reduce pain and improve function in people with arthritis. It can also improve the quality of life and fitness in people who’ve had cancer. If you are working with a client who has a coronary disease, aerobic exercise can help them manage their condition.
Strengthen Your Clients Heart & Keeps Arteries Clear
A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body. Aerobic exercise can boost your client’s good HDL cholesterol and lowers your bad LDL cholesterol. This may result in less buildup of plaques in the arteries.
Aerobic exercise may ease the gloominess of depression, reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. It can also improve your client’s sleep.
Age is Only a Number
Aerobic exercise keeps the muscles strong, which can help your clients maintain mobility as they age. Exercise can also lower the risk of falls and injuries from falls in older adults. Regular physical activity like aerobic training may help protect memory, reasoning, judgment and thinking skills in your older adults. It may also improve cognitive function in children and young adults. It can even help prevent the onset of dementia and improve cognition in people with dementia.
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