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Aerobics

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 cardiovascular fitness).

An Overview of Aerobics

Aerobics is usually performed to music and may be practiced in a group setting led by an instructor, although it can be done solo and without musical accompaniment.

These are some of the most common aerobics classes offered:

  • Step Aerobics: Involves the use of a platform to step up and down. The platform helps burn more calories from the extra motion. This is not optimal for people with joint problems.
  • Water/Aqua Aerobics: Best type of low-impact aerobics because it provides the least amount of resistance. Ideal for those with health conditions. Doesn't strain the muscles, but gives a sense of weightlessness and is helpful for those who want to continue to stay active, even with a medical condition.
  • Belly Aerobics: Incorporated with basic aerobics, but focuses more on working the stomach region to remove excess weight around the mid-section. This can include motions where the arms are stretched upward while twisting the rest of the body such as crunches and belly dancing (taught by an instructor). The belly dancing technique works on specific muscles and areas of the stomach to tone.

Benefits

  • Great form of aerobic exercise to improve your cardiovascular heath
  • Great way to meet new people

Costs

Many gym will offer aerobics classes for free as part of their membership, and some will offer pay as you go for non-members.

Equipment

All you need is basic gym wear as all the equipment and music will be provided by the instructor.

Find Aerobics Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd is registered to play for summer leagues, summer evening leagues and winter indoor cricket leagues.

Ferndown Leisure Centre

A leisure centre catering for all ages and abilities

Littledown

Set in 47 acres of parkland, with its own high ropes adventure complex, Littledown provides everything to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active. It’s got some of the best gym, swimming and football facilities in the country.

Pelhams

Serving the North Bournemouth area with two pools, a sanarium, large gym, aerobic studios, spin studio, Feelgood Factory and Terrace café. A great choice of classes and activities.

Exercise to Music for beginners to exercise and people over 65

Exercise to Music for beginners to exercise and people over 65

Ideal for active and able ladies and gentlemen wanting to improve / maintain general health and strength.
During the first half of the session we:
> warm up
> do cardiovascular exercise to music
> cool down

During the second half of the session we do:
> muscle strengthening exercise using: small hand weights, ankle weights and resistance bands
> abdominal exercises
> pelvic floor exercises
> balance and co-ordination exercises
> flexibility stretches
> learn how to get down and up from the floor safely so that we can keep playing with the grandchildren!

We also arrange social activities.