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Aerobic Activity & Workouts

Aug 17, 2007
There are many types of gadgets and gizmos for aerobic activity. But if you are new to the world of exercise, it may be difficult for you to understand it all. The Aerobic Activity whiz-bangs range from simple steppers or jump ropes to the more complex machines where you may even wonder what their real function is!

The purpose for all of these aerobic exercise gadgets is not because they are required, or even particularly useful for your exercise regiment, but simply because of money. The unfortunate fact is that with the ever-increasing popularity of aerobic exercise, it is almost inevitable that people will market new products, gizmos, gadgets and fads that claim to make it easier, more effective, and more fun all at the same time.

Much (but not 100%) of that is nonsense. The most important thing to remember about aerobic activity is that you want to elevate your heart rate for a continuous period of time, allowing yourself to build up to longer sustained periods of time. How you do that is entirely up to you, but regular aerobics with a sensible exercise plan will allow that to happen. As long as you are exercising, you can go without the gadgets and gizmos. But if you like the gadgets and gizmos, go for it since they should not hurt you or detriment your routine.

Some of the most effective forms of aerobic activity are the traditional games and sports. If you get together and play one-on-one or basketball once or twice a week with friends, this should go a long ways towards keeping you fit and healthy. The important thing is to DO SOMETHING! Get started with some kind of aerobic activity, and to make it something that you enjoy enough to stick with it on a regular basis.

My personal favorite aerobic activity is swimming, which many experts have agreed is one of the most healthy forms of exercise workouts. The benefit and advantage of swimming is that it works the whole body at once, whereas most exercises such as running or biking, only work the legs. But with swimming, there are multiple muscle groups throughout your body that are getting some kind of a workout. This is great for you, and for added benefit, there is no impact. For example, running will deteriorate your knees, as will many other of the popular aerobic activities, but swimming does not compress the joints, so there is no compromise to the health benefits that it holds. I love this aerobic activity, which you should consider if you have access to a pool.

The best advice I can give is to join a health club or gym for a month. This will let you try out lots of different aerobic exercises and find out which ones you like and which ones you dislike enough to where you know you will not follow through with them regularly.
About the Author
Jon Arnold is an author and computer engineer who maintains various web sites to provide tips and information on a variety of topics. More info on this topic can be found at his Aerobics web site at http://jag-info-resources.com/aerobics/
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