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What does “aerobic” mean? Do I have to dance around to do aerobic exercise?
The word “aerobic” means “with oxygen.” This kind of energy production occurs when there is enough available oxygen to assist in the production of energy. You will many times hear the term aerobic exercise and cardiovascular exercise used interchangeably. Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise is exercise that uses large muscle groups and maintains your target heart rate for a designated period of time. It is sustained exercise. It is not start/stop or short-duration exercise. Many people hear the word “aerobic” and only think of aerobic dance. Examples of aerobic or cardiovascular exercise include cycling, brisk walking, running, swimming, cross country skiing, rowing, in-line skating, elliptical training, cardio-based classes (Jazzercise, funk-aerobics, step) and stair stepping. Bare minimum recommendation for aerobic exercise: 20 – 30 minutes, three times per week.