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Creating an Aerobic Exercise Program

Aerobic exercise is much more than an anti-disease, anti-aging tool. Whether you're working, playing, or dancing, moving your body is a wonderful gift, and experiencing its movement will give you much joy.

You must still be careful when doing aerobic exercise, especially when starting a new exercise program. Get a physical and ECG (especially if you are over age forty) first, and if you have medical problems, seek professional advice to help you create a routine that fits your needs.

How to Exercise?

Aerobic exercise doesn't mean just running. Many people find running boring or too hard on the ankles, feet, and knees. Luckily, we now have a wide range of lower-impact aerobic exercises from which to choose, including step aerobics, in-line skating, spinning," and some martial arts. Swimming is a wonderful aerobic exercise, too. Try one, or try them all to find a form of aerobic exercise that suits you.

When to Exercise?

The time of day should fit your individual schedule. You may prefer to exercise after work, because it is an extremely effective way of revitalizing yourself and eliminating tensions. The morning holds other advantages: In the hot summer months it is a cool time of day. Also, some people find their morning schedule more controllable and less likely to vary than their evenings. Others just find morning exercise a great way to start the day. (continues)

Adapted from B. Franklin, ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (American College of Sports Medicine, 2000), and an out-of-print publication by Susan Stewart, RN, and Richelle Aschenbrener, RPT, produced by the Calabasas Park (California) Center for Cervical and TMJ/Craniomandibular Orthopedics.


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