What is Aerobic Dancing?

If you have ever seen a clip on the TV of a gym class with about a dozen or so women dressed in tight leotards and trainers moving in unison to the steps and movements of a teacher facing them to loud, heavy beat electronic music, then you were witnessing an "aerobics class" of some description. The women were doing what can essentially be called dance aerobics, a term coined for aerobic exercises that are done to music with movements that emulate some high energy dance moves.

There are three main types of this kind of exercise and they can be broken into the following three headings:

Low-Impact Aerobics

This is made up of aerobic movements, which are defined as those movements that involve large muscle groups which are typically used in continuous pr repetitive rhythmic activity, where at least one foot remains in contact with the ground at all times. This style of exercise was designed to decrease the instances of lower leg injuries that came from over use that were associated with high-impact aerobics classes.

It is ideal for those who are not able to sustain the high levels of exercise, such as the elderly, pregnant women and people who are greatly overweight.

High-Impact Aerobics

This kind of aerobic dance is done with body movements through space while both feet can lose contact with the ground. It utilizes more strenuous aerobic movements such as stretching, jumping and hopping and provides a greater cardiovascular advantage over the low impact variety along with great metabolic boosting benefits, by which I mean the number of kilocalories used up for each minute of exercise.

It is better suited to fitter individuals who have the stamina to keep up with prolonged activity.

Step Aerobics

This style of exercise is a little different form the previous two in that instead of jumping and moving in the air with dancing or pseudo-dancing motions, the person uses a low platform to literally step up and down. It can offer the exerciser a cardio workout of moderate to high intensity with low impact stresses.

The platform height can be adjusted either higher or lower to provide a higher or lower intensity workout respectively.

Other Forms of Aerobic Workouts

There are other forms of workout or exercises that can be considered aerobic or cardiovascular in nature. These will include any form of exercise that causes the heart rate to increase significantly, the breathing to become heavy and profuse sweating to occur. Prolonged fast walking, running or swimming count, as do forms of aerobic dancing programs such as Zumba Fitness and similar dance routines.

So that is pretty much what aerobic dance is, in a nutshell. It has been around since the 1980s as a popular form of exercise, although it was first created in the 1960s as a new form of exercise to help unfit people to regain their fitness and stamina.

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