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STEP Aerobics $20.00
Step aerobics are a newer version and technique of aerobics.
Traditional aerobics are performed on the floor: you learn a series
of dance steps such as the Pony or the Jazz Square, which are often
done in fours, two steps taking you in one direction, two more
taking you the other direction. Steps are combined with arm
gestures to increase large-muscle movements and increase
fat-burning sequences are performed to music.
In step aerobics, your workout travels vertically rather than
horizontally. You place a step of four to ten inches in height
before you, and the routine is arranged so that students step up
and down to the music. The smallest step (and the one beginners
should use) is four inches high: they increase in height by two
inch increments, so you can add risers to your initial step as your
fitness level increases.
It’s important in step aerobics to pay attention to your posture
and the way you are stepping. Make sure your instructor takes a
look at the way you’re working to make sure you’re using your feet
correctly for the kinds of steps you’ll be doing. Keep your head up
and shoulder back when stepping: don’t lean forward from the waist,
or you’ll put strain on your lower back. Unless you’re moving fast
or doing lunges, your feet should be centered on the platform and
they should meet it wholly, heel to ball of foot. Stepping down,
let your toe hit the ground first, the ball of foot, then your
heel. Step down close to your step platform rather than stretching
away from it.
Your knee should never bend more than 90 degrees (that’s a right
angle), and less is better -60 degrees is optimal. Like many
exercises, step aerobics is all about moderation: you don’t have to
“push the envelope”; in fact, trying to do too much can cause
injuries that will affect you for years.
Step aerobics are very enjoyable: many people prefer their
“step” classes to regular aerobics. However, if you have issues
with your knees or ankles, step aerobics may not be the best choice
for your workout, because the amount of stepping up and down
involved does increase the impact on your lower body, concentrated
on your joints.