Why do I need to do aerobic (cardio) exercise?

Posted 06/26/2012 | By HealthCorps

This type of exercise, which raises your heart rate, helps to strengthen your heart, which is actually a muscle. A new study suggests that you still get maximal benefits from aerobic exercise, even if you do it on the same day as weight training exercise, and vice versa. Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise also:

  • Boosts your mood
  • Boosts your memory
  • May reduce your risk of “catching’ a cold or other upper respiratory infections
  • Fights disease and reduces metabolic problems, lowering the risk of diseases like cancers and diabetes

Just 30 minutes a day can confer some of these benefits. More is better up to a point. Most experts feel that an hour a day of moderate intensity aerobic exercise will offer maximal health benefits and also help you to lose weight or maintain your goal weight.

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