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What is aerobics?

Aerobics is a form of cardiorespiratory exercise. For a mode of exercise to be considered aerobic, it should (a) be rhythmic in nature, (b) use large muscle groups, and (c) be continuous in nature. Some examples of modes of exercise recommended to improve cardiorespiratory fitness include:

  • Running or jogging
  • Walking
  • Exercising on cardio equipment
  • Swimming
  • Cycling (indoors or outdoors)

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