When most people hear the word bodybuilding, intense workout sessions at the gym immediately come to mind. However, there are many aspects to bodybuilding. For instance, there is nutrition, aerobics and weight training. While the latter can increase your muscle mass and physique significantly, it will not do anything to condition your body and improve your endurance. Please note that you need both a strong body and endurance to be considered fit and healthy. The following are some key benefits of aerobics that every fitness enthusiast should know about:
i) Improves Flexibility of Joints
Aerobic exercises include; running, swimming, dancing and cycling. While no weights are involved, these exercises involve a lot of movement of every single part of the body, from the neck, shoulders and arms to the waist, knees and ankles. Basically, these exercises work every single muscle group around the joints in your body. Therefore, they can help to improve flexibility considerably. As a result, they can make you feel lighter and free to do anything you want.
ii) Boosts Metabolism
Aerobic exercises involve sustained movement of different parts of the body. The constant movement will raise not just your heart rate, but also your energy demand. By raising your metabolism, you will be able to burn more fat, which will in turn lead to weight loss.
iii) Improved Cardiac Health
A strong healthy heart is just as important as a strong muscular body. The good news is that cardiovascular exercises can go a long way in improving the health of your heart. This means you will have a heart that is strong enough to keep up with your body’s energy demand. In addition to improved endurance, you will also have a stronger and healthier heart.
iv) Burn Fat Faster
Cardiovascular exercises are great for burning fat. The most effective way to lose weight is to burn fat. When you run, jog, swim, cycle or dance for a couple of minutes, you will be able to increase your body’s energy demand. Consequently, the body will start converting fat into sugars, which can be used to meet your body’s energy needs. However, you have to keep your daily calorie intake low for this strategy to work.
That said, cardio exercises are great for conditioning the entire body. You can expect to become stronger and healthier after performing these exercises on a regular basis over a period of several weeks.