The Who, What, Where, When & Why of my fitness regime
For most people, aerobics conjures images of leotards, headbands and Olivia Newton John.
Or, if you’re lucky, it brings to mind something like this…
In reality there’s much more to it than silly costumes, and sexually suggestive moves.
Aerobics combine rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching, and strength training routines, all set to music. Usually led by an instructor in a group setting, it can also be accomplished at home, with the aide of DVD’s or online videos.
The benefits of aerobics include:
Increased energy levels
Strengthened respiratory system
Lower blood pressure
Reduced body fat
Lower resting heart rate
The average woman (5’5 130 lbs) can burn between 300 & 500 calories during a one hour aerobics class.
Some of my favourite aerobics videos are “The Works” series featuring “Canadian Fitness Dynamo” Sharon Mann. I picked my first one up while on tour in 2004, and have carried it with me since then. After a somewhat long hiatus (I’ve be favouring HIIT & circuit training over the past year), I popped some into the DVD player this week.
Holy Moly~ What a work out! Not only did I forget how much fun it is, I also, failed to remember how hard it is to move continuously for 30-45 minutes! With High Intensity Training, you get in, and get out. i.e. for every 50 seconds of hard work, you have a 10 second recovery period. Furthermore, the work outs I do usually only last 15-20 minutes including warm up. And klutzes beware: the amount of concentration and co-ordination needed to stay on the beat, and on the correct foot, throughout an aerobics session, can prove to be a real challenge. Let’s put it this way, if you dance like Elaine on Seinfeld, you’ll need a double space in your first class. If you’re like me, and can handle taking it on at home, there’s an additional benefit… You don’t need to wear very much ;)