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How to Start a Brand New Aerobic Workout Routine

If you’re just now entering into an exercise routine, we recommend starting with aerobic activities before getting into resistance training. Particularly for people who are older, there appears to be more benefit from doing cardio than lifting weights. The great thing about aerobic exercise is that anyone can do it, from beginners to high-level athletes, and there are infinite entry points to accommodate all age ranges and ability levels.

When putting together an aerobic exercise routine, the main parameters to consider are (1) what specific cardio activities to do, (2) how often to do them (frequency), and (3) how long each session/workout will last (duration).

If you’re looking for some inspiration, our own Dr. Purita has shared the routine he’s honed over several decades below.

Dr. Purita’s Morning Exercise Routine:

My aerobic exercise routine consists of waking up at around 5:30am, walking outdoors for about an hour, coming inside and getting on the Elliptical machine for 20-30 minutes, then swimming for around 20 minutes. I pretty much do this seven days a week. But Im not saying you need to jump right into this same routine; I worked up to this over many years.

If you’re new to regular exercise, I recommend following the below cardio guidelines. But before you begin any exercise regimen, consult a doctor (like your primary care physician) to get clearance.

–          Dr. P


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