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How do I Choose the Best Aerobics Program?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 13 February 2019
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Aerobics are activities that will increase your body’s need for oxygen. These activities also accomplish other tasks, such as improving circulation and toning the body. You are probably aware that an aerobics program can play an essential role in meeting your overall fitness goals. You may, however, be wondering which program is best for you. To determine this, you need to consider your likes and dislikes and your skill level.

When you are choosing an aerobics program, you should avoid the mistake many people make of trying to restrict themselves to a single option. Unfortunately, many people convince themselves that exercise cannot be enjoyable, but this is not true. It is also not true that an aerobics program means you must choose one aerobic activity, such as cycling.

Consider the activities you like and dislike. There are a wide range of aerobic activities including kickboxing, stepping, and hip hop dance. You can design your own program by choosing several activities you will look forward to. Avoid trying to commit to or to force yourself to engage in activities you dread. This is unnecessary and likely to result in sporadic participation or complete abandonment of your efforts.

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You should also decide whether you prefer working out in a group or privately. Choosing an aerobics program does not mean you are required to exercise in a classroom setting. If you want to exercise on your own, develop a schedule that includes the activities you will engage in and the time that you will do so. Having a schedule will help you be consistent.

Many people are more motivated to exercise when they have an exercise partner. If you are one of them, you should choose a person whose goals are similar to yours. Then, choose an aerobics program that will suit both of your preferences and availability. If you only consider your preferences, your partner may lose motivation and stop working out, which could affect your habits.

If you decide to take aerobics classes, you need to assess your skill level. If you have not worked out in a long time, you are probably not ready to take intermediate or advanced classes. Aerobics classes are generally challenging at all skill levels. It is not necessary to take a difficult class to challenge yourself.

If you have any special conditions, you should choose your aerobics program accordingly. For example, if you are pregnant, try to find prenatal aerobics classes. When you have special conditions, it is best to consult with a physician before choosing an aerobics program. Then, you should only engage in activities that respect the medical advice you are given.

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