aerobic

adjective
aer·​o·​bic | \ ˌer-ˈō-bik How to pronounce aerobic (audio) \

Definition of aerobic

1 : living, active, or occurring only in the presence of oxygen aerobic respiration
2 : of, relating to, or induced by aerobes aerobic fermentation
3a : of, relating to, or being activity which increases the body's demand for oxygen thereby resulting in marked temporary increase in respiration and heart rate stationary bicycles used for aerobic conditioning an aerobic workout Aerobic exercise involves pushing your heart rate to 70% to 85% of its maximum, and keeping it there for 20 to 60 minutes at a time.— Tara Parker-Pope
b : of or relating to the body's ability to consume oxygen during exercise … the average exerciser can skip a couple of weeks without experiencing declines in aerobic capacity or the ability of the heart and lungs to supply the muscles with oxygen …Consumer Reports on Health
c : relating to, resulting from, or used in aerobics or aerobic activity aerobic equipment

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Other Words from aerobic

aerobically \ ˌer-​ˈō-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aerobic (audio) \ adverb

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Aerobic exercise is exercise that takes an extended amount of time—usually ten minutes or more—but is usually performed at only moderate intensity. Running, swimming, bicycling, and cross-country skiing are classic aerobic exercises. In 1968 a best-selling book called Aerobics introduced a system of exercise for increasing the body's ability to take in and use oxygen, and today aerobics classes, often mimicking such outdoor exercise as running and bicycling, take place every afternoon in thousands of gyms and YMCAs across the country. Aerobic exercise particularly strengthens the heart and lungs, but usually has many other good effects as well. Aerobic bacteria, which need oxygen to live, are essential for breaking down living matter so that it returns to the soil. They include the famous intestinal E. coli, as well as the staph and strep bacteria that can make a visit to the hospital risky.

Examples of aerobic in a Sentence

aerobic exercises like running and swimming aerobic organisms such as bacteria
Recent Examples on the Web Children and teens should get 60 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, who delivered the message Friday from an exercise bike. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 27-Dec. 3," 4 Dec. 2020 There’s plenty of evidence that aerobic exercise, like running or biking, helps stave off depression and other mental ills, and that exercise can elevate feelings of happiness and contentment. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Dumbbells are a smart choice for combatting anxiety," 20 Nov. 2020 In the lawsuit, Icon claims that it was issued a patent for the resistance level feature, which Peloton calls Auto-Follow, in 2007 and a second patent last year that allows for a seamless mix of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, "Peloton Sued by NordicTrack Maker Over Latest Bike Tech," 15 Oct. 2020 In the lawsuit, Icon claims that it was issued a patent for the resistance level feature, which Peloton calls Auto-Follow, in 2007 and a second issued last year that allows for a seamless mix of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "NordicTrack maker sues Peloton over new exercise bike design," 15 Oct. 2020 Consistent aerobic exercise is said to benefit your mind and body. Charli Penn, Essence, "10 Meaningful Things To Do Tonight Instead of Stress About Election Results," 3 Nov. 2020 The greater volumes linked to yoga are similar to those seen in studies of aerobic exercise. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Yoga May Bolster the Brain Regions Most Affected by Aging," 20 Oct. 2020 These fats are highly digestible and are among the first types of energy to be metabolized during aerobic exercise. Brian Lynn, Outdoor Life, "Competitive Performance: The Champion’s Triumvirate," 21 Sep. 2020 Flexibility, resistance training, and aerobic exercise are all ways to cancer patients to maximize their long-term health. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Embrace Wellness: Cancer patients undergoing treatment see benefits from exercise, nutrition education," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of aerobic

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerobic

French aérobie "living only in the presence of oxygen" + -ic entry 1 — more at aerobe

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“Aerobic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerobic. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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aerobic

adjective
How to pronounce aerobic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aerobic

of exercise : strengthening the heart and lungs by making them work hard for several minutes or more
technical : using oxygen

aerobic

adjective
aer·​o·​bic | \ ˌa(-ə)r-ˈō-bik, ˌe(-ə)r- How to pronounce aerobic (audio) \

Medical Definition of aerobic

1 : living, active, or occurring only in the presence of oxygen aerobic respiration
2 : of, relating to, or induced by aerobes aerobic fermentation
3a : of, relating to, or being activity which increases the body's demand for oxygen thereby resulting in a marked temporary increase in respiration and heart rate aerobic exercise
b : of or relating to the body's ability to consume oxygen during exercise aerobic capacity
c : relating to, resulting from, or used in aerobics or aerobic activity aerobic shoes

Other Words from aerobic

aerobically \ -​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aerobic (audio) \ adverb

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