Saturday, 31 July 2021

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Aerobic Exercise Does More

Anyone who has trained with me in my gym knows that I incorporate a lot of cardio exercise into my workouts! I am a firm believer that the benefits of routine cardio exercise is very beneficial to our overall health and well being! I have seen this to be true in my own life!

Aerobic exercise is often misunderstood as merely a tool for weight loss, or worse, something only athletes need to do for sports performance. Aerobic exercise, also called cardio, has numerous health benefits. Aerobic exercise forces your heart and lungs to work harder, which strengthens your cardiorespiratory system and burns calories. Yet aerobic exercise does more. It may even save your life.

1. Weight Management

Aerobic exercise is the best type for weight management. Your body burns more calories during aerobic exercise than strength training or anaerobic exercise. When you burn more calories than you eat, you shed fat and lose weight. Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, especially as you age and your metabolism slows. Any physical activity that causes your heart rate and breathing to noticeably rise is aerobic exercise. However, a minor increase from light intensity exercise is not going to burn significant calories.

2. Cardiorespiratory Health

Aerobic exercise improves the health of your cardiorespiratory system, which is your heart and lungs. During exercise, your heart pumps more blood throughout the body to deliver oxygen to fatigued muscles. This means your lungs must take in and absorb more oxygen. Over time, your lung capacity increases. Your heart becomes stronger and needs to work less hard in general. Your muscles also become better able to use oxygen. Improved heart and lung function lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Your endurance increases. You are even less likely to suffer a heart attack. Doctors advise that patients who have had heart attacks begin cardio exercise to prevent future attacks.

3. Mood Enhancement

Exercise makes you feel better. It boosts your mood, increases your energy level, helps you sleep, and helps with stress, anxiety and depression. Your body and mind feel less tense after aerobic exercise. Although you may feel tired after a good workout, you are less likely to experience fatigue overall. Your self-esteem improves too, whether because you have lost weight or because you can walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath.

4. Immune System Boost

Engaging in aerobic exercise makes your immune system stronger. This helps your body fight off illnesses and diseases. The reason for this is because cardio exercise keeps your lymphatic system active. Your lymphatic system depends on your movement to flow like it needs to. The more you move, the better your lymphatic system works....thus better health!

5. Longer Life

Studies show that regular cardio exercise helps people live longer. When you are less likely to get sick, feel less stress, have a strong heart and lungs, and feel good in general, it makes sense that your expected lifespan would increase. Aerobic exercise also prevents obesity, which is a major risk factor for many serious health conditions, such as heart diseases, stroke, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure....just to name a few!

These are only five aerobic exercise benefits, but the benefits go far beyond these 5! You will find many additional benefits with routine aerobic exercise. To keep your body and mind in tip top shape and see tangible results from your cardio routine, aim for around 20 to 60 minutes of cardio on most days of the week. You will be glad you did!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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