Saturday, January 14, 2012

Step Aerobics - A Fast and Fun Way to Lose Weight

We all know that obesity is epidemic in North America, with the United States leading the way. The USA is the country with the most overweight people, and obese people on the planet. Almost 65% of the entire population are considered overweight and large portion are considered obese.

There are many factors that contribute to a person's weight, the tools made important elements for weight maintenance and weight control is diet and exercise. Because we consume more calories than we need, our bodies will store the excess as fat. Over time our bodies will start to store more and more that which will then lead to overweight and obesity. Added to this problem is the fact that we do not get enough exercise, so we are consuming more calories than we're burning up, and we're sitting in front of the TV or the computer all day with very little activity. Inevitably this will lead to overweight and eventually obesity.


One of the best and most effective exercise routine you can employ in order to lose weight is aerobics. The term aerobics means with air. And it is sustained activity, that raises your heartbeat, for about 20 to 25 minutes. Aerobics is a great way to lose weight as it burns a lot of calories, increases your metabolic rate and make your body more efficient at burning fat even while you are at rest.

Step aerobics is even more effective at burning calories. Step aerobics uses a platform, or a step to perform aerobic, or dance like routines. The reason why step aerobics is so effective at burning fat is because it uses the principle of aerobics, which increases the heart rate, increases the amount of oxygen your body needs, while working the largest groups of muscles in the body. The thigh muscles, hamstring muscles, glut muscles, and have muscles are the largest groups of muscles in the body. The movement of these muscles require a lot of energy this energy is supplied by store calories in the body. So the more these muscles are used in more calories are burned in the body.

Step aerobic is also fun because you can move your favorite music, develop coronation, I new dance routines. You can also improve your balance, an endurance level with step aerobics. But I think the best part of step aerobics exercise is that you can do it from the comforts of your own home. If you have a video or DVD player, all you have to do is get a few step aerobics DVDs or video tapes, that costs a few bucks online and you can work out at home at your convenience and your privacy.

A lot of people shy away from step aerobics because they feel that it is high impact and can create problems for knees, what with the advance of proper shoes, and proper work out that form, you can still get a great workout doing step aerobics without the chance of damaging your knees. Having said that care should be taken whenever you are doing step aerobics and it is very important that you stretch and warm-up for release before beginning a step aerobics routine. This reduce the chances of you injuring yourself and damaging your knees. But once you follow these simple guidelines you can lose weight, get in shape, and increase your endurance within just six weeks of working out 3 to 4 times a week, for about 45 minutes each time.