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Aerobics

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Background

  • Aerobics is a program of physical conditioning designed to enhance circulatory and respiratory efficiency that involves vigorous sustained exercise.
  • Certified instructors lead a wide variety of aerobics classes at fitness centers or gyms. However, television programs and videos are also available so individuals can workout in the privacy of their own home.
  • A typical aerobics class lasts about 30-60 minutes. Aerobic workouts typically begin with a warm-up routine and end with a cool-down segment that includes stretching exercises.
  • Step aerobics: Step aerobics is one form of aerobics that involves stepping up onto and down from a portable platform (the step). While step aerobics is an aerobic activity, the platform also allows for strength training.
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References

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