Aerobic exercise is activity that uses large muscles, makes your heart beat faster, and makes you breathe harder. Doing moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for 30 to 60 minutes a day most days of the week provides many benefits. You can even split up these minutes into several parts.

Talk with your health care team about how to warm up and cool down before and after you exercise. Start slowly, with 5 to 10 minutes a day, and add a little more time each week. Try

  • walking briskly
  • hiking
  • climbing stairs
  • swimming or taking a water-aerobics classtennis
  • dancing
  • riding a bicycle outdoors or a stationary bicycle indoors
  • taking an exercise class
  • playing basketball, tennis, or other sports
  • in-line skating, ice skating, or skateboarding