Step aerobics is an excellent way to have a little fun while staying in shape and burning calories. It is fast paced and involves the use of an aerobic step – a platform the user steps up and down on for a more vigorous aerobic workout. The height of the platform can be anywhere from four to twelve inches off the ground giving the user the flexibility of adjusting the height to their comfort level.
Most aerobic step routines last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the experience the person has. Music is upbeat with 120 beats per minute and steps are coordinated with this beat. A person can ultimately burn up to 1,000 calories in one hour depending on the intensity of the workout. The lower body also reaps the benefits with the addition of the stepping by building strength and muscle in the lower extremities.
Aerobic step also builds stamina while increasing your metabolism and helps the heart maintain the body’s circulation. For added benefits, arm movements can be incorporated into the routine as well as raising the knees higher.
Step aerobics essentially is the modification of standard aerobics with the use of a platform or stepper. The stepper should be about 3 feet by 2 feet and placed in an open space large enough to exercise freely and easily. Many people choose step aerobics over the standard aerobics for many reasons including getting a more intense workout, lower impact on joints, low costs, simple to perform, and easy to learn.
Before beginning any aerobic program, a proper warm up should be performed. This is extremely vital to avoid over straining of the muscles which can lead to serious injuries. A proper cool down is also just as crucial, and remember when first starting a new exercise routine the muscles will tend to burn. This is normal and should no way prevent a person from continuing the program. However, if severe pain occurs in the muscles or joints, a consultation with a physician is recommended before continuing.
Aerobics can provide a fun way to spice up an exercise routine and provide the benefits of feeling energized and healthy.