We Know: All About Aerobics

What is aerobics?

Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that promotes an increase in oxygen intake and heart rate, allowing the practitioner to burn fat and tone the major muscle groups like the legs, back and glutes.

How did aerobics start?

The term "aerobics" was first created by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper and was later the topic of his book, "Aerobics" in 1968. Into the seventies and eighties, aerobics was combined with dance movements to create a more fun and energizing workout that could be done to music. Movements that involved the entire body were timed to a beat for maximum efficiency and fun. Now, people all over the world practice aerobics in gyms and along with videos in their homes.

What are some of the benefits of doing aerobics?

Aerobics is a type of exercise that truly works your entire body. Some of its benefits include:

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Increased endurance.
  • Increased strength.
  • Increased energy levels.
  • Reduction in risk of developing heart disease.
  • Lowered resting heart rate.
  • Overall increased muscle tone.

Who shouldn't do aerobics?

Aerobics can be a fun way to stay fit and lose weight, but it is not the best workout regimen for all people. People who should not do aerobics, or only practice specifically modified aerobics, include those with knee injuries, back problems, diabetes, a history of seizures and heart problems. And remember: eat an hour before you workout and be sure to drink plenty of water.

How can I learn aerobics?

If you want to learn aerobics, there a few ways you can do it. First of all, attending classes at your local gym can be a fun way to interact with people who want to get fit like you. However, if you're unsure about this whole aerobics thing and would rather try it out at home first, without the spandex gear, there are plenty of videos to choose from. Just be sure to do your research and select a video that is suitable for beginners. Videos include:

  • Jane Fonda Collection
  • Step Aerobics
  • Quickfix - Cardio Hip-Hop Workout

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