Aerobic Exercise and Your Children

Aerobic exercise is important to your child’s health since it helps to build strong lungs and hearts. Finding aerobic exercises that your children enjoy is not as difficult as you may think. Aerobic exercises are also called cardiovascular activities since they strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system by causing your heart to beat between 60 to 80% of your heart rates maximum. Aerobic exercises are any kind of exercise that is done for 20 minutes or more and works your large muscle groups. As you exercise, begin breathing heavier and your heart will pump faster to help circulate nutrients and oxygen through your muscles so they can do their work. You build more endurance by exercising longer to increase your heart rate.

Study showed that you need to do some form of aerobic exercises a minimum of three times a week for at least 30 minutes if you want to increase your cardiovascular endurance. You can keep your heart rate up for 30 minutes by doing exercises such as hiking, jumping rope, swimming, bike riding, and jogging. There are a number of sports that you can participate in that provide aerobic exercise as well. Some of these include ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, racquetball, tennis, kickboxing, and cross-country skiing. Zumba is another great workout for aerobic exercise. Some individual sports used can consider to get aerobic exercise are skateboarding, ice-skating, rollerskating, snowboarding, canoeing, snorkeling, kickboxing, and more. As you can see, there are many options for getting anaerobic exercise.

Another kind of exercise that is important is anaerobic exercise. Anaerobic exercising is when you move in intense bursts then follow it with a short rest. Doing so gets your heart rate up quickly, but your heart doesn’t have to work long since it is for a short period of time. When I hurt my foot and had to get therapy I spent more of my time doing anaerobic exercises than aerobic exercises so my foot could rest between workouts.

Aerobic and anaerobic exercises are important for children. The aerobic exercises can help keep their heart strong while preventing diseases and weight gain. Children become stronger by participating in anaerobic exercises, though. Both are important for children’s overall fitness. With my children, I have found it best to disguise exercising as fun games we play together. However you get your child exercise, just do it.