Aerobic exercise performed for extended periods of time at moderate levels can help to improve the body’s absorption of oxygen. Proper oxygen levels feed muscles and aid them in effectively “burning” fat and carbohydrates to create energy. Experts agree that aerobic exercise is most beneficial when performed for at least 20 minutes, three or more times a week. Examples of this type of exercise include walking, bicycling, swimming, rowing, dancing and more.
When performed regularly, aerobic exercise can provide many short-term and long-term health benefits, including:
- Strengthening of the lungs, heart, and muscle groups
- Improved blood flow throughout body
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced levels of stress
- Lowered risk for diabetes
- Increased metabolism and higher fat burning capabilities
By strengthening core muscles and bones and maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise can also reduce your chance of developing spinal conditions, cardiovascular problems and other health issues.
Laser Spine Institute
If you’ve been experiencing neck and back pain, your physician may suggest low-impact aerobic exercise to help relieve pressure from pinched nerves and improve core muscle strength. Exercise is often an effective tool in alleviating the symptoms associated with spinal conditions. In some cases, however, exercise may be impossible due to intense spinal pain. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our outpatient procedures are more effective treatments for pain caused by bulging and herniated discs, foraminal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and other spinal conditions. Contact Laser Spine Institute for more information.