As part of any healthy lifestyle, it is essential to find a balanced diet combined with a course of regular exercise. This means that in addition to making the necessary dietary changes, we should also be undertaking some form of cardiovascular exercise to try to improve our fitness and well-being. One of the best ways in which we can do this is by step-aerobics.
Step-aerobics, as the name would suggest, is an aerobic exercise which involves stepping on a raised platform in time with music, and usually in accordance with some instructor. It is also possible to introduce weights into step-aerobics, to make it an even more challenging work out. A one-hour aerobics class once a week would be a great starting point, and if you're out of the way of exercising, you'll find you are exhausted after even such a mild exertion. Additionally, you will feel aches and pains in the muscles of your lower legs and abdomen after the first few lessons, but this is normal as you work muscles which have lay redundant for so long. By taking care to properly warm up and cool down, you can effectively loosen your muscles to avoid this strain as far as possible, although with the major build up of lactic acid occurring in these muscles, it is not always possible to avoid the pain completely.
Step-aerobics largely takes place in a class environment with an instructor and other participants. This means that you actually require very little to get going – you really only need to turn up in suitable attire. Alternately, you can work out in the comfort of your own home thanks to one of the many instructional videos available. These aerobic workouts can be great, given that you can fit them in around your daily schedule, although it is significantly harder to find the motivation to use a video than to go to a class which can have added social implications.
If you're interested in step aerobics, why not see if there are any classes in your local area? Chances are, there will be classes run for all levels, from beginner right through to highly experienced. Remember to take things slowly is you're a bit out of the way of exercise to avoid injury, or over exertion. And, of course, remember to have fun. If you can find a class that you enjoy with people you like, that really is half the battle, and you'll be well on your way to losing weight and significantly improving your fitness.
Source by Jonathon Hardcastle