My journey to aerobics started from researching about what it is.
There are two types of workouts – aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise. Aerobic exercises include walking, swimming, biking, dance aerobics (freestyle aerobics, zumba) that strengthen your heart and lungs by improving your body’s ability to use oxygen. Whereas anaerobic exercises that help you build muscle.
Speaking about the history of aerobics, the word ‘aerobics’ is coined by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, M.D., an exercise physiologist, and Col. Pauline Potts, a physical therapist, both of the United States Air Force. Kenneth in his professional career came across many people with excellent muscular strength are prone to poor performance at tasks – swimming, bicycling, running so on and so forth.
After having my ground work and research ready, I along with some of my friends joined in an aerobics training centre near to my place in Raipur through Quick Search (Yoga and Aerobics in Raipur). For a person like me whose office starts at 11:30 AM and wakes up at 10:00 AM, attending a class to workout at 6:30AM is very strenuous task. But it took me very less time to adjust to the timing as I enjoyed aerobics very much. The training is based on dance aerobics (mostly zumba style), step aerobics and freestyle aerobics. My day starts awesome doing dance in the morning and carrying the energy and fun throughout the day.
Now I would like to tell you about the two forms of aerobics I have practiced – Freestyle aerobics and Zumba. Freestyle aerobics is one of the popular forms of dance aerobics where the instructor choreographs several short dance step combinations and teaches them to the class. This can be sometimes combined with using body weights to strengthen muscles. Zumba is also a form of dance aerobics which is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program. You can burn as many as 1000 calories in an hour-long zumba class.
The regular practice of aerobics causes your body to make adjustments that result in improved health and physical functioning. The benefits of doing aerobic exercise can be categorized into fitness (physical stamina) and health. Fitness and health are linked, and most forms of aerobic exercise will help you achieve both.
Fitness includes increased cardio respiratory fitness and stamina. Regular practice of aerobics improves your physical fitness by increasing your capacity to use oxygen. What is the science behind this? – When you regularly practice aerobics, the heart’s capacity to send blood to the muscles increases. This is mainly achieved through an increase in the size of the heart’s pumping chambers, which means that your heart doesn’t have to beat as fast to deliver the same amount of blood.
As you get ‘fitter’, particular activities such as walking, jogging, swimming at a specified speed will become easier. You will also be able to undertake the activity for longer, and/or at a higher intensity (e.g. walking or jogging at a faster speed). However, a side-benefit you may notice is that you also have increased stamina for the everyday activities of life.
Health benefits from practicing aerobics are immense. Research has shown that regular practice of aerobics reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, breast cancer. Aerobics improve the blood cholesterol by reducing bad cholesterol levels and increasing the good cholesterol and thus lowering the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. It can also help in reducing anxiety, stress and depression that would help in instilling positive vibes in the person. Regular aerobic exercise has even been shown to have the potential to increase your lifespan.
Recent Research on overweight and health related issues reveals that many of the health benefits associated with aerobic exercise occur independently of weight loss. Evidence from large studies has shown that active, overweight people do not have a greater risk of many diseases than inactive people who are not overweight. From a health perspective, it is of course best to be both active and a healthy weight.
Importantly, whereas fitness tends to be quite specific, many health benefits can be gained from any form of aerobic exercise. Additionally, the health gains can be achieved from relatively moderate amounts of exercise — moving from a lifestyle involving no exercise to one that involves some exercise can lead to substantial improvements in health. The fitness and health benefits by practicing aerobics are immense. Moreover, practicing aerobics is fun and you will enjoy every movement of aerobics (dance aerobics).