Aerobics: What it is, its’ benefits, and some different types

Aerobics exercise is designed to be energetic. It needs to have a duration time long enough (and consistent enough) to keep the heart and lungs in good condition.  It is rhythmic. Moves are performed along with music to create a routine.  The objective is to improve all elements of fitness: flexibility, muscular strength, cardio and vascular.

Aerobics translates to mean “with oxygen.”  Participating in consistent aerobics exercise will help train your body to increase its’ efficiency to take in oxygen.  This is a good thing because this enables your heart to gradually grow.  As the heart grows and becomes stronger, you will use less effort to meet exercise demands because more blood can enter.


Oh and a big plus to aerobics is that it burns fat faster than any type of exercise!


  • The heart does not have to pump as fast to meet exercise demands.
  • Consistently participating in aerobic exercise will limit the risk for illness and disease.
  • The heart will operate more efficiently and become stronger.
  • It is a great (and fun!) way to control your weight.
  • Decreases the amount of “bad” cholesterol in your body.
  • Decreases and regulates body fat.
  • Increases body muscle, strength, and elasticity.
  • As with all regular exercise, it increases your quality of sleep.
  • Provides more energy to your body, enables you to wake up early, feeling refreshed.
  • Decreases depression, stress, and anxiety.
  • Decreases blood pressure.
  • Offers a healthier lifestyle for the mind and body.


Aerobics is typically taught in a group setting, but that does not mean you have to do so if you do not wish.  I will also post a few different routines and exercises in my “workouts” category.

First off, the minimum amount of time spent practicing aerobics should be 30 minutes, most, if not every day of the week. 


Different Types:

Hi/Lo -> Rhythmic moves with exercising the large muscle groups.  Rhymic meaning, three or four movements synced together into a routine and will be broken down.

Water -> Generally a good workout for arthritis.


Step -> This is more of a newer version of aerobics.  Moves are done on a step that can be raised for the more advanced.  A lot of the moves are used from hi/lo routines, and are taught the same way.

Dance -> Various dance/hip-hop movements are synced together to create one long, creative work-out routine.  If you ever get and opportunity to take this class, I would recommend doing so, they are very fun!

Interval– This class is a little more intermediate and can be done with either step or hi/lo aerobics.  You begin doing either a step or hi/lo routine, then grab dumbbells, bands, etc. for a quick 1-2 minute muscle routine starting with the core muscles, and working your way out to the limbs throughout the class.  Alternate between muscle and cardio intervals.

Aero-step -> This class combines hi/lo and step routines alternatively.


About tonicekada

I am a junior print journalism major at West Virginia University. I have two minors in Italian and fitness.
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One Response to Aerobics: What it is, its’ benefits, and some different types

  1. rebecca says:

    you rock dont ever change

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