You have decided that you want to start aerobic exercises. Congratulations! This decision could just about be one of the best decisions you have made in your life and you are about to become much more healthy.
Looking around at the different aerobics classes available, you are justified in feeling a little overwhelmed. This is because there are so many different ways in which to work out aerobically. One of the most important things that you have to decide is which class is right for your fitness level. As a spectator of an aerobics class you might see that there are lots of choreographed movements all designed to raise your heart rate and to maintain it at an acceptable level. It is understandable that when you join a class you are going to be un-coordinated at first, but believe me, it doesn’t take long to adjust to the movements and before you know it, you will be just as coordinated as the rest of the class and it will be like you have been doing aerobic exercises all your life.
It is vitally important that you don’t feel intimidated. Don’t feel that you have to start at the top. However, it is true that you have to be getting a good workout and a good workout is one which is going to get your body moving fast, consequently, your heart and lungs are going to be forced to work harder than they are during resting. These are the fundamentals of aerobic exercises and it is important that you understand this. Too light a workout and you may be wasting your time. Nevertheless, any workout is better than no workout.
Advanced aerobics will definitely be something that you have to work up to. Especially if you are just starting to exercise. The old saying “You have to walk before you can run” is very true with aerobic exercises. It is very unsafe to do too much at first because you may injure yourself or run into problems. An injury could be very disheartening and may put you off aerobics for a long time. If in doubt about your fitness levels, please consult a doctor beforehand who can assess your fitness levels and advise you on which course to take.
Above all else, aerobics should be fun and enjoyable. If you feel that you are unable to go to an organized aerobics class, the beauty of aerobics is you can exercise from home. Because the point of aerobics is to get your heart rate up, the blood flowing and getting your lungs to work harder, you can start by just walking in place and move your arms and legs in such a way that you get your heart rate up. As you progress, you will find that you will be able to do more movements and also be doing them faster. When you reach this point, try jogging on the spot and moving your arms and legs faster. Remember to keep your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes and at least 3 times a week.
Add something else into your routine, for instance, jumping jacks. Try to do as many repetitions as you can. Another thing to bear in mind – music is a great motivator and aerobics work great to music. See if you can keep tempo with the music. Obviously it has to be something lively. Classical music won’t work as well. You can time your routine to the music. Do one set for an entire song and then another set for another song, for example.
For beginners of aerobic exercises using these examples means you can start from nothing and really get into great shape in next to no time at all. When you feel you are ready to start an organized aerobics class, you won’t feel quite so intimidated. You will meet some great people and make some great friends. So, not only are aerobic exercises extremely beneficial to your health, they are also superb for socializing and, as mentioned above, aerobics should be enjoyable. Have fun.