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Aerobic | Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic ExerciseAerobic (adj.)

  1. Biology – Living or occurring only in the presence of oxygen; of or relating to aerobes.
  2. Involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body, as in aerobic exercise.
  3. Relating to or used in aerobics, as in aerobic shoes.

Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is physical exercise of relatively low intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process.[1] Aerobic literally means “living in air”,[2] and refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands during exercise via aerobic metabolism.[3] Generally, light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism can be performed for extended periods of time.[1] The intensity should be between 60 and 85% of maximum heart rate.

When practiced in this way, examples of cardiovascular/aerobic exercise are medium to long distance running/jogging, swimming, cycling, and walking, according to the first extensive research on aerobic exercise, conducted in the 1960s on over 5,000 U.S. Air Force personnel by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper.[4][5]

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