Put your heart into it!
The importance of aerobic (cardiovascular) exercise
Cardiovascular (cardio) exercise – also known as aerobic exercise – is any activity that makes you puff. It works the heart, lungs, and muscles – all of which help the body to burn calories.
The current exercise recommendations for Australians aged 18 to 64 years are:
- Adults should be active most days, and preferably every day.
- Each week, adults should do either:
- 5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity – such as a brisk walk, golf, mowing the lawn or swimming, or…
- 25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity – such as jogging, aerobics, fast cycling, soccer, netball, or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activities.
For people aged 65 years and over:
- A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. If 30 minutes is difficult now, start with just 10 minutes once or twice a day. After 2 weeks, increase to 15 minutes twice a day. If you can do more than 30 minutes, the benefits will be greater.
- Try to do a variety of activities and reduce the time you spend sitting down.
Moderate intensity cardiovascular/aerobic fitness activities include:
- Brisk walking
- Golf (no cart)
- Aerobics or water aerobics
- Cycling – indoors or outdoors
- Mopping and vacuuming
You can calculate your heart rate range to determine whether you are working at a moderate to high intensity. However, a simpler method is if you are puffing and able to continue for 30 minutes, that means you are working at a moderate level.
Cardiovascular/aerobic work is important for everybody but it’s even more essential for people with Parkinson’s.
Click on this link for more information: For maximum benefit in people living with Parkinson’s, research suggests that aerobic activity should be at a moderately-high to high intensity or pace.