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Benefits of Step Aerobics

10 Reasons to Love Step Aerobics

It may not be the hippest class to attend at the gym, but there are still many reasons why I love myself a good step aerobics class. While I'd like to say it's because I can don a Jane Fonda-esque spandex leotard; it's actually much more than that. The once über-popular workout fad of the '80s and '90s still wins my vote for these following reasons:

  • When the instructor turns on the stereo system, there are bound to be powerfully motivating tunes (old and new) to get you through the jumping, lunging, and grapevining.
  • Many teachers include some sort of dance (merengue or salsa) into the mix. I love a workout that encourages me to shake my groove thang.
  • It's like riding a bicycle. Even if you haven't been to a step class in five years, you'll quickly remember how to do the "L" step or a hamstring curl.
  • Since I don't always have time for lengthy workouts, I appreciate that most step classes are under an hour.
  • The music may get my mind going, but the exercise certainly gives my body a run for its money. At the end of these classes, you can't tell whether I've taken a shower or desperately need to.
  • Want to see the rest of my reasons and add your own two cents?

  • As intense as the workout can be, you can also manage it to suit your needs. Add as many steps as you want to make it more intense or simply use the bench portion to make it a minimal effort. And many instructors show different ways to adapt the routine to suit your needs.
  • While the cardio workout is thorough, my muscles always show me their appreciation the following day. It's a sure way to tone your heart and limbs.
  • How many other classes let you say, "Sashay!"?
  • If you like a routine or enjoy choreography, step's got you covered. From the first "step" of the class, you can bet you'll be putting it all together at the end for a full "performance" of sorts.
  • More than anything, it's fun!
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Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 6 years
I've tried step a handful of times, but it's always a fail for me. I can never keep up with the routine and end up getting left behind. I guess I am not the most coordinated person . . .
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I used to do step ALL the time and am now dealing with some pretty serious knee issues. My doc suggested it might be to do with the frequency of my workouts, but also said I had to be predisposed to having knee problems. I (almost?) think it was worth it for the super tushie I used to have, though!
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I love step aerobics! I have one of those steps so I can do a workout at home. I usually make up my own routine as I go, rather than watching a video though.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I'm not coordinated enough for it! Also, I've tried it a few times and my heart rate barely gets above 100. I kick it into high gear and I can almost hear my HRM yawn. Guess I'll stick to the ArcTrainer and kickboxing.
bellakaoru bellakaoru 6 years
Lol, I still have a step from back in the day that I actually broke out last night when I ran out of time before the gym closed. I love that I can just plop it down in front of the TV and watch whatever while I get my sweat on!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 6 years
Another step devotee here! I've always liked the fact that step workouts can be really simple, because I'm pretty uncoordinated, and I have an option for cardio other than dance. I do have to be careful of my knees, though; step is even harder on my knees than running and I can usually only tolerate 2 workouts a week.
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