Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic
aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with
the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular
strength, and cardio-vascular fitness). It is usually performed to
music and may be practiced in a group setting led by an instructor
(fitness professional). With the goal of preventing illness and
promoting physical fitness, practitioners perform various routines
comprising a number of different dance-like exercises. Formal
aerobics classes are divided into different levels of intensity and
A well-balanced aerobics class will have five components: warm-up (5-10 minutes), cardio vascular conditioning (25-30 minutes), muscular strength and conditioning (10-15 minutes), cool-down (5-8 minutes) and stretching and flexibility (5-8 minutes).Aerobics classes may allow participants to select their level of participation according to their fitness level.
During aerobics the body burns fat and as a result the total body fat is reduced therefore regular aerobics exercise releases the endorphins, the natural painkillers of the body, which among other things reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Therefore aerobics is an essential form of physical fitness across all age groups benefitting the physical and the mental health of an individual.