Benefits of aerobic exercise

Aerobic exercise has many benefits beyond aerobic capacity, below we cite a couple of them:

Health-related benefits (Brody & Hall, 2011)

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Improved work and sports related performance
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Improved body composition
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis, anxiety, depression, colon and breast cancer, hypertension, noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus


  • Enhances transportation of oxygen to working muscles
  • Increased enzyme availability for muscle endurance
  • Provides ATP required to resynthesize PCR during times of low activity between high efforts.
  • Liberate Free Fatty Acids for fuel (regulates body fat distribution)
  • Speeds recovery between high intensity training session
  • Improves cardiovascular health and function