Aerobic exercise can help you lose weight and can bring your blood pressure down too. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
- Aerobic exercise is any activity that:
- Is rhythmic and steady.
- You can do without stopping.
- Uses large muscle groups.
- Raises your heart rate.
The Three-Part Program
- Slowly raise your heart rate with mild exercise.
- Do slow, gentle stretching exercises.
- Aerobic Exercise (20 minutes)
- Raise your heart rate with more intense exercise.
- Try activities like biking, dancing, jogging, jumping rope, running, skating, swimming, and walking.
- Slowly lower your heart rate with mild exercise.
- Give your muscles a gentle, thorough stretch.
- Chest pain or pain in your neck and arms
- Severe trouble breathing
- An irregular or rapid heartbeat
- An upset stomach, blurred vision, or dizziness
- Your Heart Rate
- Your heart rate refers to how fast your heart is beating. By checking your heart rate, you can find out whether you are exercising at the right level.