Aerobic activity is any physical exercise that increases the heart rate and body intake of oxygen. This leads to enhanced fitness level. Swimming, walking, running and dancing are common aerobic activities. Aerobic dance set to music has gained in popularity over the years. What better way to stay in shape than to sway to the beat of the music! Health clubs introduced aerobic dancing routines that involved stretching, warm-up and relaxation exercises. This form of aerobic activity enhances flexibility and reestablishes homeostasis.
Swing to aerobic music and watch those calories burn away. Water aerobics is the coolest workout routine you can find. Aqua aerobic routine can help improve your stamina, endurance and cardio vascular fitness levels. The multidirectional resistance of water provides an excellent non-impact workout. Water aerobic benefits pregnant women, arthritis patients and even those suffering from osteoporosis.
Aerobic metabolism is all the metabolic processes occurring within the body; using oxygen as a fuel. Food is broken down into its smaller components. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are utilized (in that order) to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). When this agent is used by body cells, huge amount of energy is released. Aerobic activity scores over anaerobic exercise in that it produces only carbon dioxide and water; which can be easily excreted from the body through breathing and sweating. Aerobic exercise offers plenty of benefits such as:
- Increased stamina
- Keeping blood pressure and blood sugar in check
- Losing fat, when combined with a healthy diet
- Maintaining good cholesterol levels and keeping your arteries clog-free
- Improved blood circulation and better heart health
- Improved muscle mass
- Increased number of red blood cells in the body, improving oxygen transportation
Aerobic metabolism strengthens the heart muscles leading to improved pumping efficiency and reduced resting heart rate. This is called aerobic conditioning. Anaerobic activity is characterized by short bursts of intense activity and exertion. Short distance running and strength training are examples of anaerobic activity.