Aerobics – is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness). It is usually performed to music and may be practiced in a group setting led by an instructor (fitness professional), although it can also be done solo and without the musical accompaniment.
With the goal of preventing illness and promoting physical fitness, practitioners perform various routines comprising a number of different dance-like exercises. Formal aerobics classes are divided into different levels of intensity and complexity. Aerobics classes may allow participants to select their level of participation according to their fitness level. Many gyms offer a wide variety of aerobic classes for participants to take. Each class is designed for a certain level of experience and taught by a certified instructor with a specialty area related to their particular class. – thank you Wikipedia
Another definition for aerobics is ‘any activity that increases your heart rate’. When you think of aerobics and sweating you will probably imagine lots of people who dance and kick to a soundtrack of pumping 80’s music (Eye of the Tiger – is one great song…yeh!). This is normally the stereotypical image, but it shouldn’t always be the way we think of aerobics. The health benefits of sweating and aerobics should never be overlooked, although it is pertinent to note that leg-warmers are no longer the favorite piece-of-kit for aerobic enthusiasts.
Aerobic exercise is not just limited to running, walking, sport, martial arts, biking, hiking, or even bouncing on the trampoline ( Tip – be careful of using the trampoline though, as most physical accidents in the home are caused on the trampoline ). So, any time that you decide to exercise, you will probably sweat, and your body goes through the process of ridding itself of all of the damaging toxins in your system. Your overall health and well-being will surely benefit from exercise as a result. As a bonus to improving your health, you will almost certainly lose excess weight, you will become more flexible, and you will even find your breathing is easier and your energy level is higher.
So, nearly any form of exertion or exercise that you are involved in, that gets you sweating can be defined as ‘aerobic’. Now it is up to you to use your unlimited imagination, get out there and have fun, you will only prosper if you do.
When you sweat, it doesn’t have to be viewed as a negative. No body wants to have those dark sweat-stain rings under their arm pits, especially when you are at an appointment or on a date. But by performing aerobics and working up a sweat, the fact is that all you that you are doing is getting healthier. With aerobics, think about what exercises you enjoy doing and build them in to your routine. Your routine could be as simple as going for a brisk daily walk, playing with your dog down at the park, messing around with the kids in your yard, or even getting more intimate with your main loved one, that can usually work up a sweat too. So simple, so easy, so satisfying.
When you do something, including exercise, that you really enjoy, there is generally a high probability that you will continue to perform those actions on a regular basis. If you do not enjoy your training or exercises, you know that there is every likelihood that you will peter out after a while and you will probably stop exercising. If you want to experience a new activity, other than join an aerobics class and sweating with other like people, try joining in a dvd/video at home with people like Billy Blanks, Jane Fonda, or even the latest craze, zumba! The one problem with exercising at home is that you can miss the interaction and companionship of other people. And therefore you may not continue with your exercises.
An aerobics class is a great social venue advancing companionship, think of the new and interesting people that you can meet who may become your friends…and as a bonus, you will become healthier too, a win / win / win situation.
Please do not let your bias or prejudices get in the way of your healthy living. Nearly any exercise is a good thing to happen to you. Your sweating and aerobics can also assist you to –
* help relieve your stress;
* help address your depression ( if you suffer from this..);
* help alleviate panic or panic attacks;
* help to strengthen your heart and body organs;
* help you to concentrate better ( aids in better blood flow to the brain );
* and when you start to achieve these conditions, you can also then begin to attain peace of mind.
If you believe you are healthy and you want to begin to exercise, then you will need to incorporate some aerobic activity. If you believe you may suffer from some medical condition, see your doctor first for a checkup. No sane or competent doctor will advise you not to exercise, unless you have a medical concern.
Aerobic exercise and sweat go hand-in-hand, both are good for you, but monitor your sweating, in case you have excessive sweating, and your body odor too, take the precautions beforehand so that you aren’t too pongy around the other people, and save your embarrassment, but go to have fun.
At the end of the day, give it a shot – all of the benefits I have listed above are a collection of great reasons to exercise and to get sweaty….having a good healthy sweaty body is a really satisfying feeling.