Connecting Aerobic Activity with Weight and Health

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Many people ask me, “Exactly why is aerobic activity important?” However in my mind, the question should be asked as, “Why ISN’T aerobic activity important?”

Aerobic exercise matters for a number of different reasons – too many to list out, let alone read in one sitting. Not only is it extremely beneficial to the metabolic and muscular systems in the body, but’s it’s necessary for how we function on a daily basis – as a result of the tiniest cell. So many different benefits exist that it’s really simple to build a powerful case for aerobic exercise.

What is Aerobic Activity? How Does it Help?

Aerobic exercise involves transporting oxygen to your muscles during low-intensity exercise. However, this really is different from the term “aerobic work” which doesn't need oxygen. This is because during intense (anaerobic) exercise, energy is required faster than during a low-intensity workout.

The answer to our body’s metabolism and long-term weight loss is aerobic exercise. This type of exercise uses stored fat as energy when performing low-intensity work. Without oxygen, fat loss not accomplished. When exercise intensity goes up, so does the speed at which our body burns energy. Since fat conversion necessitates the uptake of oxygen, the operation is too slow to provide the body with energy quickly enough. The body then seeks carbs for energy since they're more available. Be aware that in case your body is burning carbs, the fat stays!

More Benefits to Aerobic Activity

Aerobic eactivity is a powerful way to improve your quality of life and manage your weight long-term. The advantages of aerobic work can have a lasting impact on mental, physical and emotional health. Consistent exercise will:

  • Lower stress levels
  • Improve heart health
  • Sustain energy levels
  • Decrease joint pain
  • Improve muscle tone

No matter what you weigh, aerobic exercise gives you access to a healthier and happier body, a clearer mind and greater self-confidence. Your body has the opportunity to function at its highest potential! It also prevents colds, coughs and sickness. It’s a win win! When done correctly, efficiently and with correct form, you can only benefit from aerobic exercise. I would hope that it wouldn't take much more convincing !

How Much and What Should I do?

Ideally, this is the question to follow since you are now thinking about obtaining all of these health benefits. Based on when you were last on any physical exercise routine plus the current health state of your joints, you will want to slowly progress to exercising for 15 to 60 minutes daily – ideally three to four times each week. This duration of activity is shown to improve metabolism, heart health and muscle tone.

Choosing which activity to complete is the fun part. Explore new and exciting places, meet new people and learn new things! Low-intensity walking, biking, swimming or perhaps skating are all acceptable for aerobic fitness exercise. What gets you on your feet? Now is the time to find out!

So, Why Not?

You wouldn't deprive your car of the needed oil change, can you? Exercise is the body's maintenance checkup. Creating work for the body keeps organs, muscles and bones in good health… just like how fresh oil makes your vehicle run. Give yourself a chance to unlock all of the powerful benefits of exercise and see why it’s so good for you,

Find out what gets you on your feet and enjoying life. With consistency, body awareness and healthy nutrition, you'll be able to feel all of the wonderful, life-altering outcomes of aerobic exercise beyond weight management. You can’t lose – only gain!

About the writer:
Working within the health field for many years, Laurel Dierking, MEd, NFPT, is passionate about cultivating body, mind and spirit awareness through holistic health practices. As a Health and Fitness Professional and yoga instructor at JKFITNESS, Laurel strives to steer individuals on a path to self-awareness, long-term functional fitness and weight management.

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