What are examples of aerobic exercise?

Exercise so that your heart, lungs, and muscles work harder. This is called aerobic exercise. Examples are:
  • Fast walking
  • Jogging or running
  • Cycling
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Dancing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming

Aerobic exercise is any exercise that raises the heart rate and increases respiration (breathing).  Some examples include walking, running, performing intervals on an elliptical machine, and a resistance training circuit that has little to no rest between exercises.

Here are some examples of aerobic exercise:
  • Take a brisk walk (outside or inside on a treadmill)
  • Go dancing
  • Take a low-impact aerobics class
  • Swim or do water aerobic exercises
  • Try ice-skating or roller-skating
  • Play tennis
  • Ride your bicycle outside
  • Ride your stationary bicycle indoors

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