Cardiovascular exercise, also called Aerobics, is an essential part of fitness. It works and strengthens the heart and lungs, as well as lowering the risk of many lifestyle disease in particular heart disease.
Cardio applies to many forms of exercise and in this module you’ll find the following:
Walk Club, Low Impact Aerobics, Step Aerobics, HIIT, LIIT and Brainfit
The guidelines tell us to aim for 150 mins of Cardio weekly at moderate intensity.
Low Impact Aerobics
Low Impact means keep one foot on the ground at all times. Comprises easy to follow rountines set to a moderate pace i.e. 125-135 bpm which is a bit slower than the averge class designed for the average population.
Class breakdown: Pulse Raiser, Mobilisation approx 10 mins; cardio section 20-30mins; Cool Down Stretch approx 5-10 mins
LIIT (Low Impact Interval Training
LIIT is similar to the popular HIIT (high intensity interval training) which tends to high impact.
The exercises are set to music (slower than for HIIT) but using the same format of timed intervals, interspersing work intervals with rest intervals. Intervals may vary from class to class
Exercise is the best way to keep your brain healthy.
All types of exercise are beneficial but research shows that doing Low Impact Aerobics and challenging the brain at the same is the best way to reduce brain fog and to enhance one’s memory.
If you’ve never done a step class before then you will need to do the “Introduction to Basic Step” video to reduce the risk of injury whilst stepping.
This is a great cardiovascular workout. A 4″ or 6″ step can be used to provide increased intensity but the whole class can be done without one.
The music speed is slightly slower than main stream step classes at 120-130 bpm.