Aerobic exercise is an excellent way to improve your health and lose weight. It also makes you feel good, gives you lots of energy, and surprisingly is usually free to do. There are many different forms, most of them do not need any special equipment or know how and are very simple and practical to undertake.

Walking is probably the most accessible and easiest for to start implementing in to your routine. It can be done anywhere and at any time. The only drawback is that it is low intensity, and will therefore not be as effective as other methods. But this also makes it ideal for people who are just starting to exercise, and it will not tire you out so much that it puts you off exercise altogether. It is a great stepping stone to building up your fitness levels before moving on to a more strenuous form of exercise.

Running, just like walking, is something that is easy to start doing, and you can do anywhere. It has the added advantage that it is more intensive and you will therefore derive more benefits from it health wise. It does carry more risk of injury though, so you should ensure you have a sturdy pair of running shoes, and check with a doctor to see if it is suitable for you.

Swimming is not as intensive as running, and is far less accessible. The main advantage is that it is a lot less stressful on the body, particularly the joints. This makes it particularly ideal for older people and those with other health problems for whom running is too stressful.

Cycling is another fantastic form of aerobic exercise. It does require some specialist equipment, and its intensity will depend on how fast you go, and the gradient of the road on which you are cycling. It is particularly good if you need to strengthen your legs. It is also a pleasant way to exercise, particularly if you cycle in the countryside or other beautiful surroundings.

A few other forms of exercise include rowing, dancing and skiing. These are all hobby based, and are a great way to have fun whilst exercising. As ever, the intensity of the workout, and therefore the benefit your body gets, will depend on how hard you work out.