Victoria Sports and Recreation: Aerobics
Aerobics is exercising to music, usually in a group called a "class". The sport exploded in the late 1970s to become one of Canadian's favorite forms of exercise. The popularity of aerobics has also transformed this into a competitive sport. Aerobics continues to be a popular and effective way to get into--and stay in--shape.
When starting aerobics, its easy to get discouraged: its tough and you feel like a clumsy klutz. Hang in. You'll see an improvement very quickly, and its addictive. The sport helps to tone your body in a manner that flatters both sexes.
Aerobics has a minimal start up cost. For your first aerobics class, you'll need some work-out clothing and athletic shoes. Many also bring a water bottle and a hand towel (or a sweat band) to dry yourself after your workout. Oh yes, expect to shower afterwards.
For aerobics, invest in spandex workout wear or shorts. Spandex is a synthetic fabric that breathes well, and also keeps its shape (and yours). For footwear, get cross-trainers or aerobic-specific shoes, to give a sturdy footing during the various step combinations.
Most health clubs, gyms, community activity centres (even the university and colleges) offer aerobics classes. After you decide where to take your classes, select a level (most people should start with a beginners class). You can also do aerobics at home, with a good selection of TV programs or workout videos available for rent or sale. If you are considering a home workout, check with your physician about any health concerns.
If you can't find any nearby classes, call your local Parks and Recreation office or a health club for suggestions.