New class starting Wednesday 19th July 2017 at Arkenstall Centre, Haddenham at 8pm
Benefits of Step Aerobics
There are many benefits of doing this form of exercise as it can be tailored to your own height as it does not matter if you are short or tall as risers are used to adjust the height of the Step. Participating in a 60-minute step aerobics class has been compared to running seven miles!
Helps strengthen and tone your muscles – by stepping on and off of a platform is an efficient form of exercise that targets the quadriceps muscles in the front of each thigh, while also working the gluteus maximus, gastrocnemius, soleus and adductor magnus muscles. Additionally, you will engage a variety of muscles in your back, core and thighs as stabilizers.
Weight loss - it raises your heart rate which will help you get a stronger cardiovascular system and to burn calories. 450 calories are burned off in a 45 minute session of step aerobics.
Improves Cholesterol Levels – can improve your cardiovascular health by raising your levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol that helps you fight heart disease. In a 2001 study published in the "Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness," 45 participants were divided into three groups: a control group, a group that performed aerobic dancing and a step aerobics group. Both aerobics groups lowered their overall cholesterol levels, but only the step aerobics group significantly raised its HDL levels, and significantly improved its ratio of total cholesterol to HDL.
Physiological benefits – it helps lift your mood. When it comes to step aerobics, the harder you work, the better you will feel afterward. In 1997, a study published in the "Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness" divided 42 exercisers into four group
s, with half the participants performing high-intensity step aerobics and the other half doing a lower-intensity workout. The study found that high-intensity exercisers exhibited less tension, depression, fatigue and anger than the low-intensity groups. Also, the high-energy atmosphere and music contribute to feeling good, but the exercise itself is what floods your system with mood-boosting chemicals. The Mayo Clinic also reports that aerobic exercise not only improves your mood, but it also reduces depression and anxiety while easing tension and promoting relaxation.