Step Aerobics Offers A GreatHigh-Impact Cardio Workout
Step aerobics is the most commonly known, high-impact cardio exercise known today.
It is one of the best ways to lose belly fat and flatten your stomach. That is also one of the biggest reasons why so many people view it as their exercise of choice.
The introduction of Jane Fonda's step aerobic CD's in the 1980's brought the convenience of participating in a high-impact workout without having to go to the gym.
It opened up the door for millions of people to enjoy the health benefits of a great cardio workout, but within the privacy of their own environment.
Whether at home, on vacation, or traveling for work, step aerobics offers a more convenient and appealing way for people to work out.
Essentially, all that's needed is a flat surface, a stepping platform, and a good CD!
Can anyone do this type of exercise?
Before starting any exercise program, it is always recommended that you first consult a health care provider to discuss any possible health risks or complications. He/she can provide recommendations and specific direction to best fit your health circumstances, limitations, or restrictions.
Most step aerobic exercises are very fast paced, rigorous, and intensive. It requires that both feet regularly lose contact with the floor.
For the primary reason of mobility, or lack of mobility, it is not recommended for women who are pregnant, people who are overweight, or older individuals.
What makes this type of exercise different from the others?
The main purpose of any aerobic exercise is to increase and maintain an elevated heart rate for 30 to 45 minutes, at a minimum.
This is accomplished by continually moving the larger muscles, usually to music, at a high paced rhythm.
As the heart rate increases, oxygen is better circulated throughout the body. This strengthens muscles and promotes endurance and increased stamina.
How it is done?
The most common form of step aerobics are usually performed to music with the tempo ranging from 125 to 140 beats per minute.
Beginners can start with simple exercises that only require a small step up and down. Beginning step moves are not complicated and are easier to learn compared to most other forms of exercise.
The concept of the complete workout is built around a common step. Or the 'basic step' as most would call it.
The basic step:
- The first foot steps on top of the bench.
- The second foot immediately steps on top of the bench.
- Immediately followed by the first foot returning to the floor.
- Immediately follow by the second foot returning to the floor.
Other common steps include:
- Corner knee
- Repeater knee
- Over the top
- Straddle down
- Split step
More advanced steppers often intensity their workouts by raising the level of the step(s), stepping quicker, adding weight, and/or including arm movements.
As with all types of exercise programs, it is always recommended to start with a warm-up, and finish with a cool down and final stretch.
Clothing should be comfortable and not restrict movement, and it is essential that you wear the proper athletic shoes.
It is also important to remember that the benefits of exercise
cannot be truly achieved unless complimented by a healthy diet.
Are you getting the proper nutrition from the foods that you eat?
Most of us would say, 'I think so.' But the reality is ... that we are not.
We know that proper nutrition is the cornerstone for a healthy diet, but in today's culture of choices..., choices..., and 'would you like that super sized' ... how can we even begin to eat better?
Start by making healthy food choices; choosing a variety of different foods.
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