Posted on 02.08.2010 : Authored by Charles Forell Aerobic exercises are some of the best ways to really build up one the strength of one's heart and lungs. However, some people just aren't convinced to sign up and get swinging to the beat.
That said, aerobics actually offers a lot of unique ways to build up cardiovascular resiliency, as well as a few extra perks that will help you out in the long run:
Evenly spread the muscle strain
One of first and foremost benefits of aerobics is the even spread of muscle strain throughout the body.
Jogging puts an incredible amount of strain on the feet and legs, and the jolts on the bones don't help either. This strain will eventually wear out the joints and ligaments of the body, causing complications for people - especially those with heavy builds. Aerobics involves moving everything in the body, from the arms to the hips to the legs to the toes. This then spreads the strain evenly across the body, without the sharp increases of pressure like that of jogging or jumping rope.
Shape and tone your muscles
Another added benefit of aerobics is its innate ability to shape and tone muscles.
The smooth, repetitive actions make the muscles across the body firm and toned, which gets the heart pumping without enlarging any one particular muscle group in the body. This allows you to develop your cardiovascular strength without having to worry about building too much muscle in one part of your body, as is the case with jogging and leg muscles.
Minimal space and extras needed
Most aerobics only need a mat or a ball, while some aerobic exercises need nothing at all.
The rhyme was just a coincidence, but the point is there. You do not need a lot of fancy gadgets or a wide, open space to properly do aerobics. A Home Gym or a couple of sessions in your local fitness center will be more than enough to effectively do aerobics. Besides, the only other cardio exercise that will tone the body's muscles like aerobics does is swimming, but not everyone has access to a large pool to use at their leisure.
Can be done anywhere
Whether you prefer to exercise privately or are looking to join a group, aerobics has the answer to all your cardio needs.
This is one of the best appeals of aerobics. It is a very minimalist activity, requiring no more than a few square feet of space to maneuver in. The lack of any specialized gear also makes it an extremely affordable exercise. This combination of small space and zero equipment makes aerobics a very attractive choice for the frugal to strengthen their cardiovascular system.
And one last thing: aerobics is one of the best ways to start the day or wind down at night. Sweating it up has a revitalizing effect, which both energizes and relaxes the exerciser. It is definitely one of the more enjoyable and locomotive ways to make you a healthier person overall!