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What is Aerobics?

‘Aerobic’ exercise refers to exercise that requires the consumption of substantially more oxygen than at rest. It involves repeated rhythmic movements of the large muscles of your body, such as those in your arms or legs. Examples of aerobic exercise include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, kayaking, roller-blading, and aerobic dance (often simply called aerobics).
Because you need more oxygen to do aerobic exercise, you breathe more rapidly and deeply to get extra oxygen into your lungs. Your heart also beats faster to deliver more oxygen-carrying blood from your lungs to your muscles.
How fast your heart beats and how rapidly you breathe will depend on how intense (hard) the exercise is, with gentle exercise causing only slight increases in breathing and heart rate, but more vigorous exercise resulting in greater increases.

What Happens During Aerobic Exercise?

  • Your breath deepens and becomes quicker, increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood.

  • Your heart beats faster upping the blood flow to your muscles and lungs.

  • Your capillaries (small blood vessels) open, delivering more oxygen to your muscles and taking away more waste products.

  • Endorphins, your natural pain killers, are released giving you an increased sense of well-being.

  • Soft Tissue Mobilisation (Massage)

  • Assistance with use of Aids, Splints, Crutches, Walking Sticks and Wheelchairs.

What are the Benefits of Aerobic Exercise?

There are numerous benefits for health and general well being to be gained from regular cardiovascular exercise:

  • Increased energy levels

  • Reduced stress and improved mental health (due to the release of endorphins in the brain).

  • Increased heart and lung efficiency.

  • Reduced blood pressure, resting heart rate and risk of stroke or heart attack.

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