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Moderate-intensity aerobics is recommended for overall health and vitality and to prevent non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and strokes. It is recommended for all adults.

More vigorous aerobics exercise may be required by those who need to lose weight and keep it off, since burning calories is their goal.

For the prevention of diseases 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 5 times per week is enough to promote good health.

In one study, researchers wanted to evaluate the different intensities of aerobic exercise on the elderly with mild cognitive impairment.

According to the result of the study the intensity of aerobics had no effect on the elderly.

The randomized study involved 48 patients in residential homes for the elderly.  They were placed in one of three groups:

1-Performed aerobics exercise at 40% heart rate reserve

2-Performed aerobic exercise at 60% heart rate reserve

3-Performed recreational activities.

Their functional ability and cognitive level were assessed: before the intervention, at the end the study (3 months) and three months later.

On completion of the study, all patients in the aerobic training improved marginally.

There were no differences regarding cognitive level and functional ability among those in the aerobic training program and those who performed recreational activities.

The study was published in the Clinical Rehabilitation in May, 2012.

Examples of moderate-intensity aerobics are biking and fast pace walking, vigorous-intensity aerobics are running, swimming, use of a treadmill and jogging.