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Reference Guide to Aerobic Exercise

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    Confusing part in the article: "What counts as aerobic exercise?
    Any activity can count as cardio/aerobic exercise as long as it meets the 3 requirements above (frequency of 3-5 days a week, moderate intensity, and lasts at least 20 minutes per session)."

    The frequency part confuses me - if someone runs only 2 days a week, is that no longer considered aerobic?
  • This is a fantastic article! I am a Fitness/Nutrition advisor as well as a Personal Trainer, AND a very proud Spark member. While training for my certification, my reference material was all Spark related information. I am on Spark everyday, whether it's getting a new recipe, or just for motivation. Thank you Spark!!!
  • The cool down process allows the the body and heart rate to return to it's resting state
  • Stretching is not an aerobic exercise, and should be done prior to any exercise. Stretching is anearobic, not requiring oxygen to the muscles. Stretching conditions the muscles to prevent injury while exercising.
    I really wish they would add different types of yoga to the fitness tracker.
  • @BBETH121555: They didn't mention stretching specifically, but it does say "Always cool down at least 5-10 minutes at the end of your activity."
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    I was kind of surprised that there was no mention of stretching following cardio. I find it absolutely vital to ensure I'm not sore after a jog on the treadmill. And, stretching generally makes me feel good. It's easier to do when my muscles are still warm from my aerobic workout.
    For cardio I go to swimming, and exercise for 1 hour at moderate pace and when I don't have the time to swim, I exercise on my mini trampoline for 30 minutes. This is also a way to introduce variety to my program
  • Is skiing considered an aerobic exercise? Not hard, out of breath skiing, but like, casual ski-with-my-10yo-daughter skiing?
  • I always confuse when they said "this session is 20 minutes, you need to warm up 5 minutes, cool down 5 minutes". So, does that mean the 20 minutes is including the warm up and cool down? Or 20 minutes is the training itself, so that means total length is 30 minutes with the warm and cool part? Anyhow, this article is a good reference.
  • Helpful article. THANKS!
  • Great Article Thanks!
    Thanks for this article. I wish it was featured when I first joined SP! It was just what I needed to read getting started but I'm still glad I found it now.
  • Great article!!!! planning on improving on aerobic and will incorporate some of the suggestions

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