Aerobics is a form of workout in which dance and exercise are combined together. The phrase ‘aero‘ refers to air or more relevantly, oxygen. Aerobics are good in the sense that they are enjoyable and fun to do.Also, people of all ages can enjoy it right from kids to older adults.
Earlier aerobics simply meant a dance- exercise but now-a-days, the horizon of aerobics has broadened and people are indulging in various varieties of aerobics such as: high impact aerobics, low impact aerobics, aqua aerobics, step aerobics etc. The purpose of all kinds of aerobic exercises is to maintain cardio-respiratory fitness.
You can workout for three times in a week for a session that ranges between 20 to 60 minutes. Aerobics involve a large group of muscles of your body and are rhythmic in nature. You should aim at increasing the intensity of your workout to a level that your heart rate comes in a range of 60 to 90 percent of it’s maximum value.
|Difference Between High Impact And Low Impact Aerobics|
High impact aerobics:
When we say high impact aerobics, it means we are talking about a form of exercise where one, the movements are more in intensity such as: kicking, jumping,bending,bouncing etc. The arms are meant to be moved in exaggerated and a more vigorous manner above the heart level. All these together work together to bring your heart rate in a higher range. These kind of aerobics often put more pressure on the joints, tendons and ligaments of your lower extremities. So, these are not quite suitable to be done by those who have musculo-skeletal problems and aged individuals.
The tempo of the high impact aerobics lies somewhere between: 130 to 160 beats per minute.
Low impact aerobics:
These are easier on your body and tougher on the body fats. The intensity of the moves involved in low intensity workout is lesser . In low impact aerobics, at least one of the foot is always on ground. The risk of damage to joints and connective tissues is lesser. Jogging, running while doing aerobics come under this category. Low impact aerobic dance, brisk walking, step aerobics are all examples of low impact aerobics.
The tempo of the low impact aerobics lies between 120 to 126 beats per minute and it might take a little longer with this form of workout to reach your target heart rate range.
While practicing both types of aerobics, you should wear good, flexible shoes that provide ample support to your soles. Wearing good shoes ensures that you do not strain your calf or ankle. A typical workout session begins with a warm up session followed by low intensity workout to be followed by a higher impact workout for a few minutes then you can workout at a pace that is rather comfortable to you. Then comes the cool down period of 5 to 10 minutes.
So go ahead and indulge in some low impact aerobic exercises and get those fats burning!!
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