TOP 5 FITNESS PROGRAMS


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TOP FITNESS PROGRAMS: how they can be beneficial to you

When creating a fitness program, you should be concerned with finding activities that:
• Meet your needs
• Are challenging
• Available where you live
• Cost-effective
• Fun

TOP 5 FITNESS PROGRAMS

In order to stay motivated, you should find challenging and fun activities that will make you want to stay fit. In this post, you will learn more about the top 5 fitness programs and how they can be beneficial to you. Whether you decide to try one or all of these activities, keep in mind that your time and current level of physical fitness so you can choose the activity that is appropriate for you.

1- AEROBICS

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Aerobic exercise is one of the most popular forms of exercise because it is linked with heart health. If heart disease runs in your family, or if you experience extreme times of stress in your career or when at home with your family, you should look into aerobic exercise as a way to increase blood flow and oxygen intake. There are various forms of aerobic workouts you can participate in including:
• Standard aerobics
• Step aerobics
• Water aerobics

Each of these programs will give you a good cardio workout.

STANDARD AEROBICS

This form of aerobic exercise can be done in a gym or at home. If you need motivation and help in learning routines and individual exercises, you should take an aerobics class offered at a gym or community center. Because you may have to perform exercises you have not done in the past, instructors will be able to help you execute them properly. In a standard aerobics class, you will have to do various exercise movements. Exercises that focus on certain parts of your body including legs, hips, thighs, shoulders, arms, and waist will not only help you tone these areas but also increase your oxygen intake because these exercises are often performed quickly and in repetition.
If you don’t feel comfortable joining an aerobics class, you can buy aerobic CD’s that you will follow in order to benefit from the exercises.


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STEP AEROBICS

Step aerobics is similar to a standard aerobics class except you will use a plastic step while you exercise. This step simulates stairs, which increase
heart rate and oxygen flow. Step aerobics can also help tone thigh and calve muscles as the exercises are done in repetition with the focus on these
muscle groups.
There are usually three types of step aerobics classes: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Classes are broken up into three types due in part to the step size and the amount of time it is used during the class. If you enjoy a vigorous workout, then a step aerobics class is for you.

WATER AEROBICS

Water aerobics relies on water resistance to help build muscle and endurance. Classes usually take place in a pool where repetition exercises
that take place in other aerobics classes are performed. The water acts like a weight that participants have to resist in order to build muscle.
If you have an injury that prohibits you from participating in many physical activities, you should ask your doctor if a water aerobics class is appropriate. Since you will not have to fight the forces of gravity in the water, you will be able to put less strain on the injured area. Aerobics is a wonderful way to exercise, build muscle, and increase blood flow. This is a fitness program you can do at home if you don’t have the time to go to the gym.

PROS AND CONS OF AEROBICS

As with any fitness program, there are always pros and cons.
Pros
• Easy to learn
• Easy to fit into most schedules
• The option of taking a class or buying a CD
• A fitness program that can be used for many years
• Different varieties to keep it exciting and fun
Cons
• May not be appropriate for those who have back or knee injuries
• Exercises may be too difficult for some
• May not be appropriate for those who are obese
When inquiring about an aerobics program, ask instructors at your gym, those you know who take classes, or research more about aerobics online.

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