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Is aerobic exercise effective?

Is aerobic exercise effective?

Yes: Regular aerobic activity such as walking, bicycling or swimming can help you live longer and healthier. During aerobic activity you repeatedly move large muscles causing you to breath faster and more deeply. This maximizes the oxygen in your blood helping carry nutrients to the tissues and waste products out. If done properly aerobic activity can increase endurance and overall well being. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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How effective is isometric exercise for fitness?

How effective is isometric exercise for fitness?

Has its limits.: Isometric exercise, like weight lifting, etc. Can definitely build muscles, which helps capabilities/fitness, but is limited because it does not help cardiovascular health, and during the exercise, blood pressure can be greatly increased. This can be very disastrous in people who are vulnerable, like those with aneurisms. ...Read more

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How to increase testosterone level? Exercise useful muscle stretching?

How to increase testosterone level?  Exercise useful muscle stretching?

The first step is: to make sure you need testosterone boosting. Your doc will test and then tell you. If so, there are natural products to do so as well as hormone replacement therapy. Exercise and muscle stretching are helpful for overall health. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Weekly physical activity plan for a deconditined 64-year-old?

Weekly physical activity plan for a deconditined 64-year-old?

See your doctor.: It would be best to see your doctor for a baseline physical exam first. At that time, he can outline a plan that would be in line with your capabilities. He can also outline a balanced diet for you. Apart from this, mild to moderate physical activity, like walking and possibly easy swimming 2-3 times a week would likely be more than enough activity for anyone at this point in life. ...Read more

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What type of aerobic exercise involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes?

What type of aerobic exercise involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes?

Ex. Bike: Try a spin class if you are looking to sustain a specific aerobic exersise (targets the quads). ...Read more

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Is water physical therapy effective?

Is water physical therapy effective?

Can be: Water or aquatic physical therapy can be very effective, especially when we want to minimize weight bearing but want to maintain resistance. It is also a very effective form of exercise for those who have difficulty with full weight bearing. ...Read more

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What is the role of potassium during aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise?

What is the role of potassium during aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise?

Balance: Potassium and sodium are important in all cells in the body and are lost in sweat - affecting both aerobic and anaerobic exercise. ...Read more

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Is endurance exercise better for mental cognition than strength exercise?

Is endurance exercise better for mental cognition than strength exercise?

Best=what you'll do!: Yes, endurance/other activity that raises hr is better than simply lifting weights, eg. But the regimen need not be overly strenuous. Even walking has been shown to have beneficial effects on cognitive function of "seniors" (note the numerous articles by art kramer, phd, and colleagues). So it is best to select or continue an activity that is enjoyable and engage in it on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Why is daily physical activity important for cognitive health?

Why is daily physical activity important for cognitive health?

Likely blood flow.: Daily physical activity helps the blood flow better. This means blood flows to the brain better, and makes it work better, unless there are complications, like brain diseases. It also relieves tension, and helps sleep since it makes a person tired after activity. This, and a balanced diet, and enough sleep can make a person feel invigorated and very alert. ...Read more

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How effective is isometric exercise?

How effective is isometric exercise?

At what: It's not clear what your goal is. They are good for muscle stabilization and in the rehabilitation setting. But to be honest, these types of static contractions, don't allow for a muscle to work through it's range of motion. It won't likely help with building size and strength. It may help with decreasing blood pressure and maintaining some degree of strength. ...Read more

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How does aerobic exercise impact cholesterol levels?

How does aerobic exercise impact cholesterol levels?

Depends on how much: And your genetic predispositions but on the high end, with regular intense exercise, you could decrease your LDL(bad cholesterol) by up to 15% and increase your HDL(good cholesterol) by up to 20%. ...Read more

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Is isometric exercise good for muscle building?

Is isometric exercise good for muscle building?

Not very good: but... it sure can increase muscle tone. Stimulation of muscle that increases building is controversial and includes: damage from overwork lack of oxygen to muscle from overwork acidity/lactic acid in muscle from overwork hard to do with isometric. Also, not sure if it helps prevent muscle loss with dieting nor if it lowers risk of diabetes. ...Read more

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Fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling, is this healthy?

Fitness training routine combining rowing, treadmill cycling, is this healthy?

All things in moder: all things in moderation. in general the american college of cardiology recommend 60 minutes of get-your-heart-rate-up exercise 5 days/wk if you're in shape - 90 minutes if you're not. that being said - "extreme" athleticism might be bad for you and shorten your life. (100 mile marathon runs, climbing mount everest) ...Read more

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Which is better for weight loss: aerobic exercise or anaerobic exercise?

Which is better for weight loss: aerobic exercise or anaerobic exercise?

Combo: You cannot perform any anaerobic exercise for very long,so you cannot burn many calories this way. Aerobic exercise can be performed for long periods of time when you are properly trained, and can result in weight loss with proper diet and nutrition. Combination is excellent, though not so much for weight loss as for conditioning.You will rev up your metabolism. Perhaps you meant cardio ?Good Luck ...Read more

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What physical fitness plan reduces blood pressure?

What physical fitness plan reduces blood pressure?

Exercise: Blood pressure tends to increase temporarily w/weight lifting but strengthening should still be a definite part of everyone's exercise program, along w/aerobics, stretching/flexibility & balance. These latter elements tend to lead to lower blood pressure in the long run. In general, comprehensive regular exercise leads to lower pressure. That and eating healthy. Good idea to avoid adding salt. ...Read more

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Which exercise is better for mood improving? Cardio or weight lifting?

Which exercise is better for mood improving? Cardio or weight lifting?

Usually cardio: Most people have better 'mood improvement' or endorphin release after a good> 30 min cardio workout. Some people do after a @weight workout but this is less common( anecdotally). Start w/ cardio and keep it up! good luck! ...Read more

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Why is regular physical exercise important?

Why is regular physical exercise important?

Many reasons: Our shape, size, and internal structure is designed for movement. In the past this was achieved in the normal course of life, now, in the modern era, we need to exercise to get that needed activity. The benefits of exercise are voluminous ranging from physical to emotional. Regular exercise is one of the cornerstones of health and longevity. ...Read more

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How many calories does rigorous stretching and flexibility exercise burn ?

How many calories does rigorous stretching and flexibility exercise burn ?

230-370/hour: Depends on your weight and how rigorus the stretching is. A char of calories per hour by activity available multiple websites: http://www.Nutristrategy.Com/activitylist4.Htm. ...Read more

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Is gym exercise is beneficial for health?

Is gym exercise is beneficial for health?

Very much so: Any exercise is beneficial whether it takes place in a gym or at home, inside a building or outside in the fresh air. ...Read more

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