So you are interested in taking up aerobics for fitness? This is a great decision because taking up regular exercise is the best gift you can give yourself. Exercising improves fitness, burns extra calories and keeps you healthy. Aerobics is a great workout routine, when done properly and regularly. In our previous article in this series, we talked about aerobics and it’s benefits. In this article, we’ll cover the various forms of aerobics.
Types Of Aerobics
You may not realize it, but in your everyday life you do many activities which are aerobic by nature. Any activity that is hard and long enough to rev up the heart rate is called aerobic. So when you run up a flight of stairs or walk or swim, you are doing aerobics.
Apart from the everyday activities, here are some popular forms of Aerobic Workouts that are covered in Aerobic Exercises:
Aerobic Dancing: For people who love to dance, this is the best way to keep in shape. Aerobic dancing is a series of dance steps that are fast paced and comprise whole body movements. Hip Hop is also a form of dance that offers great cardiovascular benefits as it requires you to be up and running most of the time.
Running: Running or Jogging are simple and great ways to pump up your heart rate. If you are a newbie to the world of fitness, you should take it slow and not overstress yourself. Start with a 10 minute jog or even a brisk walk, and you can slowly build up your stamina to jog for 40-45 minutes. Experts say that 30 minutes of aerobic activity 5 times a week is enough to maintain your body weight.
Cycling: This is again another classic aerobic exercise that does not require much investment. Just get yourself a nice bicycle and you are all set to paddle your way to fitness. The good thing about cycling is that you do not risk injury in this form of exercise.
Low Impact Aerobics: This is a kind of aerobics for beginners. In this type of exercise, at least one foot is always on the ground. This exercise style is less strenuous and everyone can perform these exercises.
Step Aerobics: This is a class of aerobics in which an elevated platform or step is used in the workout. Stepping on and off the step elevated the heart beat to a high level and burns off fat more efficiently. Step aerobics is great for people who want to burn more calories in less time.
Skipping: Remember the good old days of childhood? We have all skipped away happily as kids, but as we grow older our bodies become more and more stiff. But hey, that skipping rope is still as much fun as it used to be. You just need to get in the groove to skip away those calories!
There are many other kinds of aerobic exercises that you can perform at home or in a park or a gym. These exercises can be done alone or in a group. Find out what interests you the most, and stick with it for some time, before switching to something else. Alternating between different forms of exercises keeps you motivated and glued to your workout routine.