Aerobic conditioning is a process whereby one trains the heart to pump blood more efficiently, allowing more oxygen to get to muscles and organs.
Aerobic conditioning is used to train people to perform better while doing something for a long period of time, running a mile or a marathon for example.
Usually this is done through cardiovascular exercise, like running, swimming, aerobics, etc. A stronger heart does not pump blood faster but more thoroughly. Trained endurance athletes can have a heartbeat as low as the reported 29 beats per minute in professional cyclists such as Miguel Indurain or 32 beats per minute of Lance Armstrong.
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