Learn about the benefits of doing aerobic exercises with an introduction from our expert in this free fitness video on doing aerobic exercises.
KATIE BOWERS: Hi, my name is Katie Bowers with Expert Village, and today I'm going to actually give you a little twist on aerobics. We're combining it with some boot camp. And as you can see, we're going to begin with the warm up, and I'm already in my sweatshirt here. So you want to make sure your warm-up is consisting of being warm. You want to keep the muscles warm. You don't want to begin any type of workout without warming up your muscles. They're initially cold. You also want to think of your body too as a sponge. And the sponge is generally stiff, and then once you moisten it and put some water on it, it's a lot more bendable. So keep that in mind; that's how your muscles work. So we'll go ahead and just do a traditional march. So we'll start marching with the left leg. And you want to bring those knees up. We're not really going very far but you can use your own imagination. Take a deep breath in, lift your arms up, exhale out, press it down. And for some of you that are runners, you can just go ahead and start running and jogging in place, and bringing those knees up. And again, it should be a jog. You don't want to necessarily be sprinting or doing some plyometrics, getting your knees up really high and then keep it down low. Then I going to take that march just a little bit lighter, lifting the knees up, pushing it up the toes and then I'm going to reach over to the side, stretching my obliques. You're going to be stretching the midsection, turning it to the side, pressing my heel back, lifting my chest up tall. Go and bend that knee, biceps curl and release. And what a warm up simply is, is just not only warming up the muscles that are going to be--but this is all the muscles--that is a rehearsal for that you're actually going to be working. To the other side. So warm-up, remember, is just a rehearsal for all the muscle groups that you're going to be working for the duration of your workout. Keep going and take another deep breath in, take it up tall, stretch and pushing those hips forward and other side. Sometimes, it's hard to balance. Deep breath in and exhale out, press it down. Now, you're ready to get started.
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