Wikipedia says it best, “ aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscularcardio-vascular fitness). It is usually performed to music and may be practiced in a group setting led by an instructor (fitness professional), although it can be done solo and without musical accompaniment. With the goal of preventing illness and promoting physical fitness, practitioners perform various routines comprising a number of different dance-like exercises. Formal aerobics classes are divided into different levels of intensity and complexity. Aerobics classes may allow participants to select their level of participation according to their fitness level. Many gyms offer a variety of aerobic classes. Each class is designed for a certain level of experience and taught by a certified instructor with a specialty area related to their particular class.”
I would like to add that Aerobic exercise is any extended activity that makes you breathe hard while using the large muscle groups at a consistent pace – all while working up a sweat. So it’s true that aerobics doesn’t necessarily have to be dancing in place, it can also be running, swimming, jump rope, etc.
So there you have it, aerobics is one of the best calisthenic exercise workouts you can participate in. Aerobics does not necessarily have to be done with a classroom or instructor, you can do this in your own living room in front of the TV!
Benefits of Aerobics:
- Increases strength
- Increases flexibility
- Proven effective cardio – very good for your heart!
- Burns calories and fat essentially controlling your weight!
Why we need to know more about aerobics
Regular physical activity such as aerobics combined with a healthy diet is the most efficient and healthful way to control your weight.
Aerobics, when done consistently, helps control your weight by burning excess calories that you’ve taken in during the day. Otherwise, they will would be stored as fat. Regular physical activity such as aerobics combined with a healthy diet is one of the most efficient and healthful ways to control your weight. The number of calories you eat and use each day regulates your body weight. Everything you eat contains calories, and everything you do uses calories, including sleeping, breathing, and digesting food. So when you participate in any physical activity in addition to what your body does automatically, will use extra calories.
Following a regular aerobics regime gives you a sense of control and if you stay consistent it helps in stress reduction.
One of the most important aspects of maintaining an exercise regime is having a support system that encourages you. Maybe you can do aerobics with a friend or with your son/daughter/spouse/relatives. If necessary, go to the gym and join the aerobics class such as the free classes at 24 hr Fitness and keep sticking to your goals. There you can meet people who have similar exercise goals and you can help push each other to achieve those goals.
Many times I go to the gym and see people who get on the treadmill or the elliptical or other equipment and really work up a sweat, but it seems that they never change in physical appearance. One thing is for sure, if you do not work up a sweat then you are not pushing yourself hard enough. These same people that I’ve seen for over a year are either taking in too many calories during the day or they just need to push themselves harder during their workout to burn more calories.
I’m not saying you should starve yourself and workout because that would be really dangerous to your health, I’m saying you should really watch what you eat. It’s kind of pointless to workout that hard when you reward yourself with 2 slices of cheesecake with extra strawberry syrup and whipped cream after the workout. You have to control what you eat. So please check out The Diet Solution.
A healthy diet is absolutely necessary to maintain your weight, not just exercise! The only thing holding you back from getting what you want is yourself!