Aerobics For Fitness (Part I)

By First Posted: May 25, 2009 Mon 4:25 PM Updated: May 25, 2009 Mon 4:27 PM
Aerobics For Fitness (Part I)
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Exercising is good for everyone, and there are no two ways about that. Over the last decade, the wellness and fitness industry has reinvented itself with umpteen kinds of workout programs coming out every year. But the one style of workout that has retained it’s position as a preferred workout for most people is “Aerobics”.

What Is Aerobics?

Aerobics is the name given to a workout routine that combines moderate intensity aerobic exercises with resistance training and stretches. It is usually done along with a rhythmic music. Aerobics can be done solo or in a group, though most people prefer to join a group. The low to moderate intensity exercises push the heart to a higher heartbeat rate and overload both the heart and lungs. This improves the efficiency of both the organs and improves general fitness.

Benefits Of Aerobics

There are many benefits to an aerobic workout, if done consistently and for at least 25-30 minutes, 5 days in a week. There are:

• Improved fitness and general health.
• Maintains health and proper functioning of heart and lungs.
• A good workout stress-buster.
• Weight loss.
• Figure correction.
• Longer and healthier life.

Aerobics And Fat Loss

Experts feel that aerobics can surely contribute to fat loss. But for your aerobic workout to be effective, it has to be performed in the “fat burning zone”. This is the zone where the heart rate is optimal for fat burning. Your pulse (how fast your heart is beating per minute) determines this zone.

The fat burning zone formula is the following:

Fat burning zone=[220-(Your Age)] x (.75)

After you calculate the required heart rate for your age, you should set a goal to maintain a heart rate between plus and minus 10/20 from this calculated rate.

Best Time For Aerobic Workout

The best time for your aerobic workout is in the morning, soon after you wake up. When you do aerobics on an empty stomach in the morning, you burn 300% more body fat as compared to other times in the day. This is because after a night’s fast, you body does not have stored glycogen to burn. This makes your body fat the first fuel that you burn as you exercise.

In our next article in this series, we will try to find out the various types of aerobic workouts and their benefits. This will help in identifying the one that is most suitable to you. So till then, keep working out!

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