As we swing around towards spring here in the Northern hemisphere, warm weather is on everyone’s minds. And as the temperature goes up, the clothing layers start to come off. If you want to look your best this spring, it’s going to take hard work and dedication. But specifically, it’s going to take cardio. If you’re not a big fan of biking or running but want to get a great calorie burning workout together, you should consider step aerobics.
Benefits of Step Aerobics
Well first and foremost, step aerobics can be a formidable workout. If you apply yourself, you’ll burn a ton of calories. But another great thing about step aerobics is that it’s fairly easy on your joints. After all, jogging is great, but it might not be great on your knees and other joints. By comparison, modern step aerobics were actually invented as a way to rehab injured knees – so they ought to be fine on yours, even if they’re sensitized.
How to Do Step Aerobics
Step aerobics have some of the characteristics of traditional cardio, but with a rhythmic twist which can make them similar to dance. In all cases, a stepping block is used. You’ve probably seen these before – usually they’re made out of durable plastic or metal and sit about 6 inches off of the ground. Risers can be used to increase the height as you advance in ability.
Basically, the most simple “step” in step aerobics consists of stepping up on the block with one foot and then the second, then stepping back down with the first foot followed by the second. Voila! Step aerobics. Of course, things get much more complicated than that. There are nearly endless step aerobic variations, many of them incorporating dance steps and music.
If this activity sounds as though it might be for you, you’re not alone! Step aerobics are quite popular and probably offered at health clubs in your area. And if you’re more of a lone wolf, buy your own step block and practice in the comfort of your own home – there are plenty of tutorial videos out there that’ll help you take your health a “step” in the right direction!