Aerobic exercise is continuous movement, using your legs, arms or both at a moderate to high level of intensity for at least 20 minutes.
The following are some of the benefits of aerobic exercise:
It is recommended that you get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week.
The following are some good examples of aerobic exercise:
Stop-and-go or low intensity movements, such as golfing, are considered activities. Although activities are beneficial, they do not provide the total body benefit of exercise and do not replace aerobic exercise.
The following are some examples of activities:
Walking is a safe, inexpensive and great aerobic workout. Walking also is a gentle way to begin an exercise program. When you walk, your arms move gently. Gentle arm movements are best. Keep the following in mind:
Excerpt from the Personal Support and Lifestyle Intervention Program of UCSF/CPMC program materials; a program of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.