Aerobic activities are good for your lungs and heart.
Aerobic activities require oxygen for your muscles to generate the energy to perform, sometimes for long periods. They vary in intensity from light (eg, housework, yoga) to moderate (eg, brisk walking, playing actively with the children) to vigorous (eg, running, most competitive field sports).
Regular aerobic activities:
- improve the function of your heart, lungs and muscles to make it easier to do daily activities such as washing the car and vacuuming
- improve mental health, sleep, overall wellbeing and quality of life
- increase levels of social interaction if activity is done with others
- can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent weight gain (if combined with healthy eating).
Aerobic activity may not be the most effective way to lose weight (unless done for at least 1 hour per day and combined with healthy eating).