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7. What is an aerobic exercise?




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This article is from the Fitness FAQ, by Jeff Gleixner (glex@cray.com) with numerous contributions by others.

7. What is an aerobic exercise?

Aerobic means oxygen. Your muscles are working in an oxygen rich
state. After 12 minutes it causes your body to produce FAT-burning
enzymes.

According to Covert Baily, an aerobic exercise is one that fits the
following four requirements.

A. Is steady, nonstop.
B. Lasts twelve minutes minimum.
C. Has a comfortable pace.
D. Uses the muscles of the lower body.

An easy way to measure if your training too hard/fast is a simple
talk test. If you can't carry on a conversation without huffing
and puffing for breath you need to slow down. If you can carry on
a conversation without stopping every now and then for a breath
then you need to go a little faster. You have to be doing some
work. Your heart rate and your breathing needs to be elevated.

Examples: walking/running, cycling, rowing, stair climbing, dancing.


 

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