Step Aerobics

Step Aerobics Explained

Step Aerobics: The Easiest Form Of Aerobics Exercise

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Millions of people worldwide practice step aerobics, which is another type of aerobics and the reason for its popularity may be simple to assess since it is a means of providing the exerciser with an amazing cardio workout that also does not need any equipment and nor does it need a lot of space. The only real requirement is that there should be a flat surface as well as a stepping platform.

Aerobics aims to increase the consumption by the body of the quantity of oxygen consumed whereas step aerobics tries to build towards achieving the same goals through more intensive workouts. To do so, requires the use of a step or platform that provides a little more boost through the integration of an action consisting of stepping onto a platform resulting in it becoming a more intensive form of workout. Another great advantage that is reaped from step aerobics is it is a low impact activity and does not result in the joints stressing as do other activities, such as running or jogging.

When a person steps on a platform there is no shock experienced by the joints and it also does not require any appreciable amount of coordination or athleticism. In addition, the step that is taken in the step aerobics exercise performs a number of different things that many a company has capitalized on, by selling sturdy platforms together with exercise videos as well as a host of other extras. For the person that has a low budget, however, any household item will be an adequate substitute such as a block of wood, a milk crate, or, even a short stool all of which can act as a raised platform.

The only thing to be careful about is that the item should be sturdy and safe so that there is no injury sustained as a result of falling or by twisting an ankle on an unstable step or platform. One should also have proper workout apparel as well as a good pair of sneakers which should preferably be light in weight because there is a lot of stepping to be done and the footwear should also support the arch of the foot as well be able to absorb shocks. Proper footwear is very important in spite of the fact that step aerobics is a low impact activity.

Anyone can buy a book or video or even join the local gym to start step aerobics and can begin with simple exercises like just stepping onto a platform and then stepping down. There are simple exercises as well as more complicated ones and one can progress steadily from simple to more complicated exercise routines. Also, one can increase the rapidity of the steps or even raise the platform and this should result in increased fitness and skill. The step aerobics exercises may grow in complexity as the exerciser becomes more proficient.

Different Cardio Machines

Different Cardio Machines

There are five different cardio machines at most gyms– the treadmill, the stationary bike, the elliptical, the rowing machine and the stair master. You should choose a machine that you are most comfortable with and that will give you the most benefit. If the reason you do cardio is for general fitness/health, then your goal should be to get your heart-rate to about 65% of your max. (220-age x 65%).

5 Different Cardio Machines

1) Rowing Machine– best overall workout. It uses the strength of your upper body as well as your lower body. Two big problems with this machine- the first is that no one ever uses it right. It requires coordination of all your body parts at the same time (men especially have problems with this). I had been an avid gym goer and competed in one competition and was halfway through my certification to be a online personal trainer before I learned how to do it properly. The second problem with this machine is that it’s hard to find a machine that’s calibrated properly. Even the best/brand new gym equipment never seems to get it right. If you can do it, great…I only try a week before I go canoeing and call it training.

2) Treadmill– second best overall cardio workout. Again, running engages the entire body (though you feel it much less in your back than with the rowing machine). There is something insanely satisfying about finishing a run (runner’s high). I personally hate running, so I only use this maybe twice a month or so. Something to be careful about- running on a treadmill is not the same as running outside, so before you attempt a marathon, test your body on the pavement. Running in general is hard on the knees and other joints, so make sure you include strength training with your running to keep the joints strong.

“Elliptical is my favorite of the 5 different cardio machines!”

3) Elliptical–   There are several types of elliptical out there. I don’t “get” most of them, but the ones that you can adjust the incline on are awesome for defining the lower body. The ones with moving arms are useless…use weights to define your arms…when you use the elliptical, you are just taking away from the proper cardio workout. What elliptical have over treadmills is that the user controls the speed, so if you need to make a sudden stop, all you have to do it stop…no looking for the massive red button you can never seem to find in a hurry. Also, it’s much easier on your joints.  A lot of people say they don’t get as good a workout on the elliptical as on the treadmill, it probably has to do with the intensity they are working at, as well as the incline. Adjust both so that you can feel it. Check your heart-rate. That’s what matters most anyway.

4) Stationary Bike – Bikes are awesome. They provide a super lower body workout, and if you position yourself properly on the bike, they also provide a great upper body workout. Any bike with a backrest is useless in my mind. You are only working your legs on this bike, and therefore have to work twice as hard to get the same results. How hard is it to ride a bike?

“5th different cardio machine”

Different Cardio Machines Stairmaster

5) Stairmaster – This is another one of those machines that you need to use properly to get the full benefit (and no one ever does). I don’t know why gyms still get these…they were a fad of the 80’s and 90’s, but I think they suck. They don’t mimic any real-life movement and aren’t like climbing the stairs. You can get a pretty good leg workout if you use it right, but using it right means not touching the arm rests…watch these machines next time you are at the gym…everyone who uses them rests on the arm rests…when you do this, you are just moving your legs, and are not getting of the precious resistance in there. I haven’t been on one of these in about 6 years. The step-mill on the other hand is awesome. Not all gyms have one of these, they are the ones that look like actual stairs coming out. They mimic real-life stairs more closely, and give a great cardio burn. Again, I see too many people resting on the armrests on these…why are you resting on a piece of cardio??

The whole purpose of cardio is to improve your cardiac and respiratory systems (and probably reduce fat or something)- so no matter machine you choose to do this with, make it your main focus…after getting proper instruction on how to use the machines.  Finding online nutrition service providers can also assist in weight loss.