Aerobic Dance - Low-impact

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Fitness Training

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Description

Aerobic dance is a lively form of activity in which dance moves are set to music and sustained over a period of time to achieve fitness benefits. Low-impact dance greatly reduces the amount of strain on the knees, ankles and other joints versus high-impact exercise. It is equally well-suited for people who enjoy exercising with others in a class setting or by themselves to a video or audio tape. Fitness Expert recommends that you follow a certified or qualified instructor or use a video or audio tape which has been approved by one of the organizations listed below.

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Warnings

  • People suffering from chronic knee, ankle, hip, lower back, shin, or pelvic injury should receive medical clearance before beginning an aerobic dance program.

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Risks

  • Sprains of ankles, toes, knees

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Sport-specific applications

  • Aerobic dance competition

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Equipment required

  • Footwear should be comfortable, fit well and provide ankle and lateral support for multi-directional movement patterns
  • Clothing should be comfortable and not restrict movement
  • Specialized rubber or cushioned floor material is recommended

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Applicable substitutions

  • Low-impact aerobic dance with hand weights
  • Step aerobic dance (with or without weights)
  • Aqua-aerobics
  • Circuit-training calisthenics
  • Walking

Aerobic Dance - Low-impact Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • IDEA: The Association for Fitness Professionals: 6190 Cornerstone Ct. East, Suite 204, San Diego, CA 92121-3773, (619) 535­8979
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA): 15250 Ventura Blvd., Suite 310, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, (800) 445-5950
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE): 6190 Cornerstone Ct. East, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92121-4729, (619) 535­8227
  • IDEA TODAY Journal, see above address for IDEA


Cardiorespiratory: Aerobic

Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 5
  • Flexibility 2
  • Muscular Strength 2
  • Muscular Endurance 4
  • Body Fat Recution 5

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 2
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 1
  • Muscular Endurance 2
  • Coordination/Skill 2

Muscle groups used

Primarily lower body musculature, upper body worked to a lesser degree

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.061 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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