Workout Wednesday: Aerobic Exercise – What Counts?

Aerobic or “cardio” exercises make you breath harder and cause your heart to beat faster.

Intensity tells us how hard our bodies are working during an activity. Light daily activities such as driving, cleaning, cooking, or doing the laundry doesn’t count toward the guidelines. That is because your body isn’t working hard enough to get your heart rate up.

1) Moderate-intensity aerobic activity: are activities that make you work hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. During these activities you are able to talk, but not sing. Check out some activities that require moderate effort:

  • Walking fast

  • Doing water aerobics

  • Riding a bike on level ground or with few hills

  • Playing doubles tennis

  • Pushing a lawn mower

2) Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity: are activities that make you breath hard and fast, and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. At this intensity level, you won’t be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath. Check out some  activities that require vigorous effort:

  • Jogging or running

  • Swimming laps

  • Riding a bike fast or on hills

  • Playing singles tennis

  • Playing basketball

Try this aerobic exercise routine this week. Go from zero to 10 in 30 minutes!

Aerobic exercise routine

For more information on aerobic exercises guidelines, watch this video.