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Reference Guide to Aerobic Exercise

An In-Depth Look

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Training Methods
There are various types of training methods, depending on personal preference. Use each of the methods periodically to add variety to your workouts.
  • Continuous training is the most common method of aerobic exercise. It involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes 20-60 minutes (or more for long-distance training) at a time.
  • Interval training involves alternating between higher and lower intensity intervals throughout one workout. Learn more about the basics of Interval Training, and an advanced form known as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
  • Circuit training uses a series of exercise stations (which could also include strength training stations), with relatively brief rest intervals between each station. The purpose is to keep the heart rate elevated near the aerobic level for a variety of exercises. Learn more about circuit training.
  • Cross-training basically means participating in a variety of different forms of aerobic exercise, either within each session (for example, biking for 15 minutes and then running for 15 minutes) or day-to-day (for example, running 2 days a week, cycling 2 days a week, and swimming 1 day a week). It’s a good idea to cross-train to prevent plateaus and overuse injuries and boost your overall fitness level.
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Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

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