Basics of Aerobics

March 11, 2009 by  
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Aerobics, in practice, is an exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercises with strength training and stretching. Aerobics is usually done with music, although it isn’t necessary. It is also commonly done in groups with an instructor leading. Going solo can also be done. Being rhythmically and musically oriented, aerobics can be seen as a form of a dance routine.

A combination of different forms of exercise, aerobics enhances the muscular strength, cardio-vascular fitness and flexibility of an individual. Aerobics can be done at different levels that vary in complexity and intensity. Most gyms offer aerobic classes that are done in a group setting with a certified instructor leading. Aerobics videos are also popular among people who prefer to do their workout at home.

Aerobics offer a lot of benefits to an individual. This can include an improvement in cardio-vascular fitness and performance, which an aerobic exercise basically does. Cardio-vascular performance improvement means there is a better disposal of carbon dioxide from the body, stronger heart and lungs, and efficiency in the utilization of oxygen. But aerobics as a routine can deliver more than a standard aerobic exercise. By targeting specific muscles, one can stimulate mild strength training on that part.

Flexibility can also be improved, especially since a stretching routine usually starts off an aerobics routine. Probably the most sought after benefit of aerobics is weight loss. As with other exercises, it burns calories much faster than accomplishing everyday tasks. By doing different routines and exercises, one can actually target specific areas which is desired to be trimmed or strengthened.

Aerobics has developed into different types that differ in form and techniques. These types develop as an answer to physical limitations and different interests of people practicing it. The popular types are:

• Low impact aerobics – this type caters to people that can do less physical exertion than most people like pregnant women, overweight people and senior citizens. This type mostly involves large muscle groups in low intensity workouts.

• Step aerobics – a notch higher in intensity than low impact aerobics, step workout involves stepping on platform intensifying normal routines.

• Dance aerobics – incorporating dance with aerobics routine, this type is a good fat burning type of aerobics. It can also promote strength development and flexibility. Being a popular type, dance aerobics is available in different complexities and form.

• Sports aerobics – a hybrid of aerobics and competitive sports like gymnastics, this type is much more physically intensive. A competitive endeavor in aerobics, sports aerobics combines the intensity of a sport and the fun of aerobics.

• Water aerobics – a relatively new aerobics type, this is suitable for people with ailing joints and other related problems. Done on water, which is a heavier medium than air, water aerobics exercises can build strength and burn fat efficiently.

There are more types to choose from. You can check what your local gym offers and choose which one will interest you and be within your capacity to perform. Aerobics are known to be fun and easy to perform, whether in a group or alone. It offers a wide range of benefits which pretty much covers everything.