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FITNESS & EXERCISE
The Health Benefits of Aerobic Exercise and Fitness Classes
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The Health Benefits of Aerobic Exercise and Fitness Classes

Joining an aerobic fitness class can be a great way to improve your health.Aerobic exercise can provide the following health benefits:

  • Helps with weight loss or management.
  • Increases your stamina and reduces fatigue.
  • Conditions your heart and lungs by increasing the amount of oxygen that is available and by helping your heart use oxygen more efficiently.
  • Helps manage your stress level.
  • Increases your mobility.
  • Reduces your risk of developing hypertension and stroke.
  • Improves your blood fats, increasing HDL (good) cholesterol and decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Reduces your risk of developing certain forms of cancer, including breast, colon and prostate cancer.

Aerobic & Fitness Classes

Most aerobic and fitness classes are designed to use the same large muscle group rhythmically for a set amount of time, normally ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, while maintaining 65-75% of your maximum heart rate. When you are engaging in aerobic exercise, you should be able to have a conversation without feeling winded. Listed below are some of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise classes:

Step Training. Step training is a low impact form of exercise that involves music, a platform ranging from 4-12 inches in height, and movements utilizing the large muscle groups of your body. Step aerobics provide a fairly intense workout, but the intensity can be modified to accommodate individuals of most fitness and ability levels.

Aquatic Exercises. Aquatic exercises put less strain on your musculoskeletal system and are less likely to cause injury or strain than regular forms of exercise, which makes them ideal for people with arthritis or osteoporosis. Water provides sufficient resistance to help strengthen your muscles, burn calories and raise your heart rate to your target level.

Spinning®. Spinning is a high-intensity exercise program that utilizes a specially designed stationary bicycle and a series of cycling movements that provide you with both a physical and mental workout. Spinning classes are led by a specially trained instructor and are usually set to fast-paced, motivating music.

Pilates. Pilates is a form of exercise that combines mind and body control with stretching and resistance training. Pilates exercises help build muscle strength, increase flexibility, and improve coordination and overall mental concentration. These exercises are performed on a mat or specific machines and are executed in a slow, controlled manner.

Tae-Bo®. Tae-Bo is a high-impact exercise class that combines elements of Tae-Kwan-Do with aerobics and boxing. Tae-Bo classes are comprised of punching and kicking movements that work both the upper and lower portions of your body.