Perhaps you’ve heard about the health benefits of aerobic exercise, and that phrase simply makes you conjure up a mental image of a bunch of women clad in cutesy spandex outfits at a school gymnasium performing synchronized Jazzercise steps.
Well, the trend in the past has been to take what is collectively referred to as “aerobics classes”, or gatherings that are enjoyed by groups of men and women who follow an instructor while they embark on an exercise regimen which combines aerobic exercise, stretching and strength-training moves to achieve different levels of fitness. It may be a “step class” or a dance class. Aerobic exercise could be simply be doing “Jumping Jacks”… it is anything that gets your heart pumping. First, we need to define the word “aerobic”, which means “with oxygen”. Aerobics is not just the exercise regimen per se, but a series of moves by you that will continue to stimulate your heart and breathing rate, improving your breathing through each successive session. Aerobic exercise takes on many forms. Such examples include activities like the use of cardio machines, or spinning, running, swimming, walking, hiking, dancing, cross-country skiing, kickboxing, and the aforementioned aerobics classes.