What are examples of aerobic exercise?

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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