Aerobics is a great way to keep fit. It is a cardiovascular exercise that is usually done in time with selected music to slow down or up the tempo. There are various moves in aerobics and most of them are dance steps incorporated into the exercise routine. This makes aerobics a fun way to exercise. And with the variety of music to accompany the exercise routine, it can be quite exhilarating. Aerobic exercises fall into different categories – low, medium and high impact. One of the more versatile and in between moves in low-impact aerobics is the step touch. You can either do this on a flat surface or do a variation of the move on step aerobics. Here are some pointers.
- Choose the right music to exercise to. You may choose music with a slower tempo while you are still learning the moves and gradually shift to a faster beat when you have mastered it.
- The step should be in front of you. You should stand behind the step then turn your body to the left to begin the routine.
- Lift your right foot and place it on the step making sure that your right foot is firmly planted on top of the step. Lift your left foot and tap your toes on the step. Move your right foot back on the floor followed by your left foot.
- Turn the other way and lift your left foot and place it on top of the step, lifting your body up. You will be standing on the step with your left foot. Lift your right foot and touch the tip of your toes down on the step. Go down from the step with your left foot first followed by your right foot. This will complete the set.
- Repeat the movement until you have made at least 8 sets. Use the touch step to cool down. You can also use this for a medium impact workout by choosing music with a faster beat. You can make the exercise a bit more complex by varying the routine and adding more steps and stepping over the step and landing in front of and then behind the step.
- Follow the leg and feet movements with arms movements to increase the cardiovascular effect of the exercise. You can also make your movements to use both ends and the middle of the step to vary the routine. You can use the step touch as a transition move before beginning a different routine.
- Another variation for the step touch is to start it on the floor behind the step and then moving up the step and back down again before facing the other side. You can also do this in a box step-like move. Do this by starting behind the step, facing left and starting with the right foot. Instead of landing back behind the step, go down to the front of the step. Face the other direction to do the next set of movements and then go down behind the step once again. You will have completed four repetitions for one set. You can achieve this move by facing left, using your right foot to step on the step apparatus and touch the tip of your left foot down the step. Twist your body and step down the apparatus with your left foot first followed by your right. You will be in front of the step at this point. Now step on the apparatus with your left, point with your right, twist your body and plant your right foot first behind the step and then your left foot. You will end up facing left. Begin your repetition with the right foot only this time you will be at the other end of the step. Then do the set in reverse.
Start slow and build up your step touch routine and build it up gradually until you can use it for medium-impact exercise. Make sure that you do aerobics or any form of exercise in moderation. Stop when you feel any sort of pain anywhere in your body. Aerobics is very beneficial to your well-being but do not allow your body to be overstressed due to exercise.