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Aerobic exercise is essentially any exercise that requires oxygen to be performed. Whilst there may be some debate as to where this boundary is distinguished from the other energy systems, as we understand it, it is roughly around two minutes of exercise that this starts to kick in. So for simple explanation, any bout of exercise that is longer than two minutes in duration, will primary be using the aerobic energy system and therefore require oxygen. Most commonly we think of this exercise as the continuous cardiovascular training or that of which is carried out in a steady state. (Do note that this energy system is present before this two minute mark, but other systems are utilised first whilst the aerobic system takes a back seat if you will). Aerobic conditioning for Health:
Now when we say health, we really mean life. Aerobic conditioning for life!
The cardiovascular system of the body refers mainly to the heart, so when we talk about cardio in the exercise format, we are talking about exercise that ‘trains’ the heart. The respiratory system mainly deals with the lungs and is also affected by aerobic training. These two systems work together in order to keep us alive by transferring both blood and oxygen around the body. .
So this is a pretty big deal! And in this sense the state of our cardiovascular system dictates our ability to wash the dishes, walk out the front door to check the mail, chase after our kids, mow the lawns etc…now it would be a pretty miserable life if we didn’t have the ability to do some of these basic tasks, but its something that I think we view more of as a future issue rather than a current issue and I don’t necessarily agree with this. .
Moreover, How many people struggle to climb a couple of flights of stairs? How many of you think you could chase the bus down if you missed it?
It all seems like something little and irrelevant until its not…but it all adds up and by the time it actually becomes an issue its a really big issue, and a lot harder to try and mend.