Understanding Step Aerobics
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Aerobics have different types and forms. They can be defined or identified by the equipment used in the aerobic routine. Step aerobics use an elevated platform called the step bench. The elevated bench is usually about four to ten inches high. With step aerobics, the higher the elevation, the more endurance needed. Step aerobics is usually performed with music that has beat ranging from 125 to 140 beats per minute.
Step aerobics started as an extension of floor workouts when it was developed during late’80s. This kind of workout uses the basic step which means that a foot is stepped on the bench and followed by the other foot. The first foot will come down, followed by the second one. This is called the “basic step.” There are different steps used with this kind of exercise. Some of these common moves are the corner knee, repeater knee, T-step, over-the-top, lunges, v-step, straddle down, L-step, split step and the I-step.
Step aerobics can be both performed in fitness centers and in homes. There are elevated benches which can be both in different fitness stores and at the same CDs and DVDs with different routines. When Jane Fonda released copies of her aerobic routines in the ‘80s, it changed how gym exercises are viewed. It became convenient for more people to practice healthy lifestyle, since they can take home the routine and do in during their own time.
This kind of exercise is great for the body. For the body to burn more fat rather than carbohydrates, experts would recommend working out for about 20 to 30 minutes. After the exercise routine, the body’s metabolism is still speeding up allowing more calories burned. Imagine burning a lot of calories when only using about half of the impact of running.
The stepping routine can help build, shape and tone muscles in the lower extremities. To balance it, there are some programs which would include weight-lifting to build upper-body muscles. The abdomen area is also given enough work-out by the stretches performed prior and after the exercise.
However, step aerobics may not be the perfect routine for some people. For example, there are some exercise programs which would require participants to have the ability to perform fancy footwork. There are many fitness centers offering step aerobics, you just have to choose a program which would be able to suit your abilities and needs.
The other downside of step aerobics is that it could sometimes lead to knee and lower back pain. Before proceeding to any kind of exercise program, doctor consultation should be provided especially for those who have existing medical conditions. Step aerobics can be used by different kinds of people, but its intensity would depend on the skill, health, and comfort of the individual.
Aside from getting your doctor’s approval, it is also important to wear appropriate clothes. Your work-out clothes should be something you are comfortable wearing and moving, not restricting your actions. Aside from that, wearing the proper shoes is also important. It would keep your balance and at the same time prevent slipping or any accident from happening.
Step aerobics is indeed very fun. There are some who would refer this instead of other aerobic workouts. But it is important to identify if this is the workout for you, otherwise, you may encounter a problem which may even cause you to stop your workouts.