Aerobic exercise reflects the amount of oxygen in your blood. "In other words, your body is burning its fuel (glucose) in the presence of oxygen," according to literature from the Vancouver Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic. An aerobically fit individual can work harder and longer with quicker recovery. Rotate between the following aerobic exercises: running, cycling, swimming and jumping rope.
Running is the most intense aerobic exercise, requiring immense effort from all major muscle groups. All you need is a good pair of running shoes, a supportive sports bra and comfortable workout clothes. Start with short distances and work your way up. Running a marathon is not necessary to reap the benefits of running. In fact, your hot little bod will see great benefits by simply running two to three miles on a consistent basis.
Burning anywhere from 250 to 500 calories in 30 minutes, depending on your speed, cycling is a fantastic aerobic workout. Enjoy and explore the beautiful outdoors or spin away on an indoor stationary bike on a snowy day. This low impact workout is excellent on the knees and joints. Another benefit to cycling is the ability to incorporate it into your everyday activities, such as biking to and from work or to run an errand.
Swimming is a full body workout; better yet, your body is fully supported so there is no impact on your joints. Thirty minutes of the breaststroke is around 350 calories burned! Remember, the strokes involving more body parts burn more calories. In addition to the cardio exercise, swimming also builds strength, because it provides twelve times the resistance than air from all directions.
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Blast calories with a jump rope! Jumping rope for only 30 minutes burns about 300 calories in a 145-pound person. Start slowly by jumping for two-minute increments. Choose a jump rope that fits you correctly, with the handles reaching your armpits when you step in the middle. Throw a jump rope in your purse, suitcase and duffel bag; it's a small, cheap addition that can provide you a quick and excellent workout.
Kylie Rae Cobb is a wellness coach for a corporate wellness company and an enthusiastic exercise class instructor. She has a degree in public health from Brigham Young University and a 500-hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga Alliance.