12 Reasons to do aerobic exercise.

When I used to hear the words “aerobic exercise” I used to imagine a group of women jumping together and performing to music.  I once tried to join a class much to my despair and the trainer’s.  I must say that I am very good at dancing but for some reason I just couldn’t follow an aerobic class.  I think because deep down it was so pointless and boring that my body refused to follow.

Instead of pursuing the silly aerobic classes I went into calmer classes such as Yoga, stretching and Pilates.  Now, I was good at that! However, I was still needing to achieve cardiovascular fitness.  This is when I learned that aerobic exercise does not necessarily mean an aerobic class.  Aerobic exercise is any kind of exercise that increases your pulse rate making you slightly breathless.  Thus, there are many forms of aerobics exercise, the most common being jogging, swimming, cycling and running. 

12 Reasons to do aerobic exercise.

Why aerobic exercise? 

  1. Because it increases cardiovascular fitness which means that your heart muscle becomes stronger and pumps the blood around your body more efficiently.
  2. Regular exercise improves circulation, which in turn benefits your skin.  That is why when you exercise you turn red.  When your heart rate increases it also increases the volume of blood and the amount of oxygen in your body multiplies, feeding the small capillaries in the skin.
  3. Exercise helps to clean the body from inside out by increasing the elimination of toxins through sweat. Sweating also helps to lubricate the skin.
  4. Aerobic exercise protects against certain diseases –including coronary  heart disease.
  5. Aerobic exercise increases the mineral content of your bones, thus preventing osteoporosis.
  6. It burns fat while building muscle.
  7. It gives more flexibility to the joints, preventing stiffness. 
  8. Aerobic exercise increases your BMR (basal metabolic rate) which means that your body burns more calories even when it is at rest.
  9. I have heard that Aerobic exercise also suppresses appetite, but unfortunately this is not my case.  After a session of aerobic exercise I am hungrier than ever, but I usually drink water and eat fruit to avoid regaining any loss calories.
  10. Aerobic exercise reduces blood pressure and cholesterol
  11. Aerobic exercise relaxes you and makes you sleep better.  We all know this, after a good session of “bed exercise” you sleep like an angel. 
  12. Aerobic exercise is a natural antidepressant.

Where do I start?

Now that you are convinced to start doing some aerobic exercise, but do not know where to start my advice would be to choose an activity and start gradually.  Do not do too much at the start because it is likely that you will go off it and never do it again.  Try to gradually incorporate aerobic exercise into your lifestyle. 

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Some tips to incorporate aerobic exercise into your lifestyle.

Try an aerobic class at your local gym to see if it suits you. It didn’t work for me, but many people find the discipline of going to a weekly class helps them to stick to it. There is also the advantage of peer support.

Increase your overall daily activity; take the dog for walk at a fast pace with a long stride and proper deep breathing and you will be burning around 80 calories for every 20 minutes. Mowing the lawn and gardening also counts as aerobic exercise as you would be burning around 120 calories for each 20 minutes.

Ride a bicycle instead of driving everywhere. Cycling is very fashionable at the moment, with petrol prices rising and environmental issues being top in government’s agendas, more and more people are turning to cycling as a means of transport. Riding a bicycle is an excellent aerobic exercise. Little and often is best, 20 minutes cycling will burn approximately 160 calories.

Dancing non stop is good too and easy to incorporate into your weekend agenda.

Swimming is a good choice for summer. 20 to 30 minutes a week is ideal, you would burn around 140 calories per session.

Whatever activity you choose, remember to end it with a few minutes stretching.  A revitalizing stretch at the end of your exercise session will leave you feeling full of energy and ready for having more fun! 

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hypnodude 7 years ago from Italy

Great hub, very well written, full of info.

My old bodybuilding instructor used to say to try to make those funny screams of aerobic classes while doing chest press under 100kg on the barbell. He was quite sarcastic. There is always a kind of sarcasm between bodybuilders and aerobic practitioner, but reality is that doing both it's the best thing for overall health. Your hub explains very well the benefits of aerobics. Rated up.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the rating hypnodude.

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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

This is great hub Anath,

you mention all the excellent reasons to do aerobic exercises.

if we do it every day then we will get better results for our health.

Thanks for sharing. have a nice day :)

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Thank you febriedethan, it is important to do aerobic exercise to keep in good health and it is always better when you do it in ways that you enjoy it so you don't think it is a chore.

Have a great start of the year!

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Karina S. 7 years ago from USA

Great info, i espeally liked - 12 reasons to do aerobic exercise. Thanks for sharing.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Hi Karina, regular aerobic exercise, whatever you can do, leads to an increase in energy levels and a sense of well-being and also relieves anxiety. A very good reason to start sweating isn't it?

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TattoGuy 7 years ago

Woww hotstuff you deff are one hell of a writer these days as is seen by yer high hub ratings. I love cycling but hey anytime ya wanna do a bit of sweatin let the Captain know ok ; )

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Anath 7 years ago Author

I can see myself calling you TattoGuy: "Do you fancy sweating toguether?"

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askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Brief but well written and very useful.

Thanks a lot, great hub!

Nicks 7 years ago

Of course, you need to combine aerobic with anaerobic exercise (which is where some body builder's sometimes go wrong, I think). It is all about complementing suppleness with the ability to perform sustained exercise. Useful Hub.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

You are welcome askjanbrass.

For someone who is only starting to train this is not evident Nicks. Most people don't even know the difference between aerobic and anaerobic. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

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Thomas Catmark 7 years ago

We should all take about our physical condition. We have only one body and surely we won't get another one that looks like Apollo/Aphrodite or other kind of perfect being. It is up to us - what we eat, drink, what we do. I'm sure that many of us could extend life by just using our body more properly.

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martinkono 7 years ago

Thank you for providing another arguments for convincing my girlfriend to do some exercise. She will certainly agree and do some jogging everyday as I do. Great hub.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

That's right, we only have one body; why not take care of it Thomas? The more we take care of it the better will look and will also be more efficient.

You are welcome martinkono, I hope you manage to convince her.

Warren Bluegrave 7 years ago

Whatever activity you do, don't forget to end it with a 15 minutes stretching. This is very important.

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shareitt 7 years ago

you are as old as your body...great hub...we need to take care of what we have and be youthfull for life!

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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

nice hub, i used to go to the gym and tried yoga but i just don't have the discipline to continue after a while, so instead, i do brisk walking about 15 min a day and some stretching, i think, it works for me for now, but thanks for the great info.

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Marquis 7 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

Exercise can defeat diseases, it is good for the organs, and it keeps the brain and mind working well. You did well here with your explainations.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the reminder Warren.

Yes, people who exercise periodically always look younger than those who don't shareitt.

Hi midnightbliss, I understand you. I always found easier to incorporate exercise in my daily life (walking, running, cycling) than having an appointed day and time for it.

Thank you Marquis, I hope this helps to convince some people to get up and start working out.

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jbullet 7 years ago

Great post! We can all get more exercise and this is a great motivator.

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Dan Carson 7 years ago

I also think that it helps you mentally regarding focus and efficiency. Great hub!

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Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

I take all of your tips with seriousness. I'm a diabetic at risk of cardiovascular ailment and other complications. Exercise has become part of my daily routine. No aerobics. Thank you, now I'm settled. Great share here.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Thanks jbullet.

Thank you Dan, I always feel full of energy and refreshed after I have done some exercise. It doesn't need to be exhausting, most of the time just a brisk walk before breakfast sets me in a good mood, full of energy for the rest of the day.

Hi Lita, thanks for sharing. I have a young friend with heart trouble and her doctor has told her that she needs to do more exercise. Probably like you, nothing to tiring, but at least a good walk everyday.

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TattoGuy 7 years ago

Rated this up again, this Hub deff has to hit the big 100, good luck x

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lewgard 7 years ago from Southern Michigan

There are so many benefits to aerobic exercise. I think you can greatly improve your mind, soul and body at any age. If you're "new" to aerobics, start out slow and work you way up.

Great article and great timing.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Thank you TattoGuy, you are a jewel


Thank you for the reminder lewgard, never is too late to start exercising as long as you take it easy at the start and work your way up.

Shawn 7 years ago

the only reason i can think of is that girl in the orange bikini maybe i need to start riding a bicycle again

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Good luck with it Shawn!

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vannarith 7 years ago

Thz anath! nice hub and hubber. Vote for me if you think i am reasonable to get it. thz anyway.


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cameciob 7 years ago

Anath, i realy like these tips. I've been thinking lately about aerobics and your hub motivates me.

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Jeo512 7 years ago from Sweden

hi dear

thankx for doing this type of job

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Alexpte 7 years ago

I've had bad knees for quite a long time now - is there any why of doing this exercise in a way that's easy on the knees?


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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Wow! Some great advice here! Dancing is a great way to get fit! I like tennis as a way of getting as good workout. It really wears me out, so I know an hour of running around that darn court after the ball is good! It's nice to beat the crap out of some opponent too! Great hub!

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Thanks and you are welcome vannarith and Jeo512.

Time to get up going cameciob!

Exercise is good for the knees, even after knee surgery patients are advice to exercise to keep their joints supple. Just make sure that you consult your doctor and a reputable gym trainer before you start any exercise to avoid further damage.

I know what you mean Cheeky Girl!!! exercise and ego boost at the same time, great for body and mind :)

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Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

A bit off topic, but I loved the pic of the woman with the dog on her hip. lol

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PNEUMONIAexpert 7 years ago

The naked truth!

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salt 7 years ago from australia

thanks for the motivation to exercise, poor dog.

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Jack 7 years ago

Excellent post. Thank you for sharing

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digital_shubi 7 years ago from I live in Lahore, Pakistan

Very useful Hub thanks.

I think about starting exercise every day but cant I am lazy.

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Kenrick Chatman 7 years ago

I like exercise because it helps counter stinking thinking and helps me keep a positive mental attitude.

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Suzie Parker 7 years ago

I loved aerobics classes and didn't find them boring at all - thanks to the funky, upbeat music. But I must say aerobics take a while to get the hang of it. You will feel like a complete klutz in the first few classes. But once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier and more fun.

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vasutkin 7 years ago

aerobic is good

Cassidella 7 years ago

Your suggestions of walking, biking,dancing and swimming are great. It seems that when exercise is natural it is so much more enjoyable and easier to keep it up!

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Me too Springboard :)

Thanks for your comments PNEUMONIAexpert, jd, jack and vasutkin.

You are welcome salt. But what makes you say poor dog? I thought a doggy with short legs like that one would enjoy a little ride ;-)

You are already thinking about, which is a good start digital_shubi, next step is to get up and go!

Yes, it always lifts my mood :-)

Maybe that is my trouble, I have never given it enough time. Always felt akward there. Besides, I am a bit of a loner and exercising as part of a big group is not really my thing. Thanks for sharing your good experience with the aerobic classes :-)

I do prefer to exercise outdoors Cassidella. It is more interesting and relaxing than indoors.

Moo 7 years ago

This article was very good. I can bring it to my report. Thanks for the great article.

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Shady Sally 7 years ago from MidAmerica

Nice informative listing of aerobic benefits...Thanks!

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pcdriverupdate 7 years ago from VA

these are some really great reasons. sometimes you have to "just do it" hehe :)

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stephensaldana 7 years ago from Chicago

The exercise is very necessary for good health. Aerobics has got huge advantages in this regard. The every muscle and bone is stretched and the whole body get necessary workout. If the individual practices aerobics,then, in a very sort span of time his body starts glowing.

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Tickets 7 years ago from NH

WOW....Great Hub. I agree on the importance of Aerobic Exercise. It is not enough to just lift weights. Getting the blood flowing and becoming winded when working out is extremly important to overall health.

Ardyss Body magic 7 years ago

This article was very good. I can use it on my blog. Thanks for the great article.

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hubby7 7 years ago from Chicago

Superb hub! Well written, clear, and with excellent information regarding the benefits of aerobics.

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kasanova 7 years ago

nice hub

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Heart Felt Book 7 years ago from New York, NY

very helpful will do thanks

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TysonFaulkner 7 years ago

This is a great article, although staying active is definitely a great thing, I would highly recommend lifting weights too to stay toned and in shape.

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tal g mel 7 years ago

combination of pilates and aerobic activity is the best for our body..

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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

Nicely done Hub on the importance of aerobic exercise.

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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

Anath, this is a great hub on aerobics. So are you telling me that if I ride a bike in stilettos I'll look like the model above..LOL! Just kidding, but that is an incentive to pull out the old bike and ride. Thanks for sharing! :)

moviedownloads 7 years ago

What is the recommended amount of aerobic exercise per week? 3 times? 2 times?

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KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

Swimming is excellent! Love the walk the dog photo! Very well done!

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lovelypaper 7 years ago from Virginia

I really need to get motivated. Thanks for a great hub.

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shanekruger 7 years ago

Hi, Swimming is my best hobby during summer. That is the only exercise I do well in summer

nice hub again.

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peacefulparadox 7 years ago

In addition to being good for the heart, there is numerous studies that show that aerobic exercise is good for the brain too. Exercise helps maintain good arteries, and certainly there are a lot of arteries in the brain.

Mice that does exercise had been shown to grow new brain cells in the hippocampus.

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Anath 7 years ago Author

Amazing comments, thank you to all of you for your support. As I always say, it is awesome to read about your experiences and opinions on the subject.

Keep moving :-)

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Jill Ness 7 years ago from California

yeah, it can be really hard to chose the right gym. Good points!

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Anath 7 years ago Author

It is hard to chose the right gym, the right sport for you and even harder to stick to it Jill. Have a nice day :)

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weddingdress 7 years ago

I can vouch for the benefits as a couch potato, turned grudging runner to lose weight, turned marathon runner,and finally for many years now long distance mountain runner.

As regards losing appetite it happens too...BUT- It happens for me beyond 60 miles a week on the flat - ie 6-8 hours at HR 160+ , longer on mountains say 9-10 hours a week out on the mountains - having said that, that kind of level of aerobic exercise climbing hills at HR 150+ loses weight fast anyway...

Coming back from injury I can shed 2 stone in 8 weeks - 15% body weight by keeping to that regime.. the weight loss slowing down as i appraoch lean weight

So few people exercise enough to see appetite loss

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offshorebanker 7 years ago

appetite loss?

yeah, i guess i'm not exercising enough....can anyone do a hub on how many calories you burn while typing?

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ShadestoShoes 7 years ago

YAY! imma get back on my workout tomorrow! ty for the motivation!

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Renaissance Mouse 7 years ago from Asheville, North Carolina

Well done Hub! I appreciate your delineation between aerobic and anaerobic exercises. Cardiovascular exercise is incredibly important and frequently neglected by gym-goers, especially the body-building crowd. I lift weights frequently at the gym, but realize the importance of cardio in addition to a regular weight lifting regime. A lot of other men I know could greatly improve their strength and size gains and overall health if they did the same. Thank you again for the informative article!

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my-success-guru 7 years ago from Upstate NY

Hi Anath!

Great stuff!!! Very informative!!!

To Health, Wealth and Happiness,


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englishsisters 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

Get started!

Bye, bye,

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may_wu 7 years ago from Between the Rock and a hard place

Great Info! might have to work some of the ideas into my weekly workout.

-Ride A bike :o)

- Swim! Or finally brave the seas and let my Boyfriend teach me to surf!

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raemay38 7 years ago from Miami, FL


Thanks! for the motivation the tips are great to remind me why cardio exercise is important to my body. I may even print this page to remind why I should get my cardio in every-day.

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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

Hey Anath, I've already commented on this great hub, however, I had to come back and say Congratulations on it being featured in this week's HP newsletter. :)

Afog 7 years ago

You have done very well in approaching your subject. Thanks for a great hub. I'm convinced you know what you are talking about.

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Mahesh Kamal 7 years ago

Very Usefull Tips!

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amulets 7 years ago from Singapore

I would love to be in that shape and fitness. I am trying to do regular exercises to cut down any fats that maybe thinking of showing up on my stomach. I put up a nice photo on the wall to keep reminding myself that I want to be what I am seeing.

Adam 7 years ago

12 reasons to do exercises. I loved this tips, they are really good.

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salt 6 years ago from australia

thanks, gives me a bit of motivation. We swim most days at the moment.. And Im getting better at swimming in the bay, as I was used to a swimming pool and laps.

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jenp123 6 years ago

Great article - thanks. Have you done any research on interval training? It's my favorite trend right now, because you get aerobic exercise in with weight training, so you lose fat and get some lean muscle.

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Anath 6 years ago Author

Thanks you for all your comments, opinions and advice. I am really happy that some of you found this hub motivational.

Kenny  6 years ago

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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Great hub - cardio is very critical. I agree with Jen - interval training is great - add some water and you can have circuit training with target toning - right in the water.

Ardyss Nicole 6 years ago

Great hub - We need more information like this today more than any other time. We have some many people over weight and dropping dead as a result.

Carolyn 6 years ago

Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up


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EndlessPools 6 years ago from http://www.endlesspools.com

Performing aquatic exercises against a current can also be useful; the resistance is perfect for muscle toning and building cardiovascular endurance.

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zuhr-akb 6 years ago from uk

really a good article to motivate one for workout thnx

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Monavie Momentum 6 years ago from Chicago

Great article, any exercise is better than none.

Start by doing something, don't just do nothing.

Dr. Steven Yen 5 years ago

Great article! There are SO many benefits of aerobic exercise, especially for those who are suffering from health problems like some of my patients. Thanks for sharing this and I'll definitely refer back to it! :)

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