Getting Real With Shadra Bruce

Aerobic exercise is important, especially as you age. It increases your metabolism (something that slows with each year) and improves your heart health. But aerobic exercise has other positive impacts, too. According to a number of studies, aerobic exercise can improve your mental cognition and protect you from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While you should always consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise program, aerobic exercise is a critical component to good health. It has been proven to play a role in preventing many different kinds of cancer, including colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, as well as playing a role in preventing osteoporosis and diabetes. It can even lessen the likelihood of depression.

As a teen of the 80s, I spent many mornings doing traditional “aerobics” in PE. But aerobic exercise can take many forms – cycling, swimming, walking, running, or kickboxing and other martial arts.

The key is to choose an activity you will enjoy doing, and then do it to music to make it more fun.

Tips to Make Aerobic Exercise Safer and Healthier

  • Be sure to hydrate before and after exercising
  • Choose shoes that support your feet
  • Try a variety of different exercises to stay interested
  • Try to sustain your target heart rate (220 – your age is considered your maximum) for 30 minutes for the best results
  • Always check with a doctor before beginning a new exercise program