Of all of the questions I am asked by patients, the most common by far is "what kind of exercises should I do?" And the answer I most commonly give is "aerobic exercise".
Note: this article is not about strength training. It is about building the aerobic base, which is the foundation for fitness. This is one of the few undisputed facts about fitness!
- improves circulation to the whole body.
- increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
- makes your cells more efficient, which gives you more energy all day.
- strengthens your core.
- stimluates your cells to burn fat.
Better aerobic function means better cellular function everywhere in the body.
Here's the quick start
- Take ten minutes to ramp your heart rate up into your aerobic zone.
- Sustain your heart rate in this zone for at least five minutes.
- Perform one-minute intervals at 10 to 20% higher heart rate, if you like.
- Take eight minutes to ramp your heart rate down to the low 100's or high 90's before you stop moving.
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