Aerobics is More Than Legwarmers and Headbands

Everyone knows Richard Simmons and Olivia Newton John in legwarmers and headband, sweating to "The Oldies". Aerobics is much more than that. Aerobics is a way of conditioning your body so you increase circulation. Aerobics includes such things as jogging, swimming and bicycling. Aerobics is also known as cardiovascular exercises and it improves oxygen intake and works major muscle groups like the lungs and heart. Aerobics speeds up your metabolism and these leads to fat burning and weight loss, by keeping your heart rate up for an extended period of time. Most instructors suggest 30 minutes of exercise to get the heart rate up to with a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down. Aerobics can be either high impact or low impact, depending on your physical abilities. High impact aerobics is harder on the joints and there are times when one foot may off the ground. Low impact aerobics on the other hand is easier on your joints. Always check with your health care provider before starting any diet / exercise program. Aerobics can be customized to all lifestyles and / or fitness levels.

6 important benefits of aerobics:

1.Burning calories.

2.Reducing fat.

3.Raises serotonin levels in the brain to improve your mood and lift depression.

4.Improves the immune system

5.Tones and shapes the body.

6.Strengthens heart and lungs.

Check your local gyms as there are many classes available. Some of the more popular aerobics classes are:


Kick boxing.

Dance aerobics especially ones with a Latin flare.

Body sculpting.

Water aerobics.

Source by Patricia Conerly

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