Step aerobics is a form of aerobic power distinguished from other types of aerobic exercise by its use of an elevated platform (the step). The height can be tailored to individual needs by inserting risers under the step.
Exercising with an aerobic step provides several fitness benefits that can help you in other sports and in daily life. Regular sessions will provide both cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Incorporating both upper and lower body movements together will improve your coordination and agility, and the constant push up onto the step will increase leg strength.
Along with making you a better athlete, aerobic stepping will also benefit your overall health. The intense cardiovascular workout will make your heart and lungs work more efficiently. The calorie burning aspect of the exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, and avoid weight-related problems such as diabetes, heart disease and joint pain.
As you progress with step aerobics, it is possible to make the exercise more challenging with a few modifications. Most aerobic steps come with extra sections to make the step higher. Increasing the height will make your workout more difficult. You can also incorporate more arm movement into the routine, raising your arms up over your head, or even using light weights for added resistance. Lastly, you can always increase the tempo of the music and your moves for greater fat burning.
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