Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise has many benefits to your health and is something that most people should consider making a regular part of their lifestyle. Aerobic exercise has been shown to help increase energy levels, boost the metabolism and contribute to weight loss when combined with a balanced diet.
Unfortunately most people do not do enough aerobic exercise and this is due to many reasons. For some it is because they have certain medical conditions that prevent them from running or even jogging however even a light 30 to 60 minute walk indoors or outside if the weather permits can be just as beneficial.
Lack of time is often the number one reason people fail to do it regularly. The best way to deal with this is to get something like a stair climber or treadmill in your house. This way you can exercise any time and it is the most convenient. There are many different models and types of aerobic exercise equipment. The recumbent exercise bikes can be great as they are the most comfortable to use but they can be rather expensive. If you look around you are sure to find something good that is within your budget.
The ideal time to do it is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach as this will help to also burn the maximum amount of calories helping you to lose weight too if that is a problem. Aerobic exercise in a gym type environment can be great as it can also provide the added benefit of being around other health conscious people and who knows you may even make a lot of great friendships by socializing with the people at the gyms.
Also consider implementing some sort of weight training program also in addition to the aerobics. This will help to build and maintain your muscles which are important for strength and also for the purpose of burning more calories. Remember that muscles burn calories all the time even when you are not working out so they are really necessary to help you to maintain a healthy weight. This should be done around 4 to 5 times a week and depending on whether you are running, jogging or just walking the amount of time spent should be between 20 to 60 minutes. There is no need to overdo it as this can have negative effects such as fatigue and you can even get sick. Also make sure you take a day or two off every week to give your body a chance to fully recover from any previous workouts. The combination of aerobics and weight training is the ideal way to lose weight and stay strong.