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Consider Low-impact or Nonimpact Aerobics
 
 
Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer



Fitness activities that involve steady, rhythmic motions of your major muscle groups and burn oxygen for more than a brief spurt are considered aerobic. They force your heart and lungs to work at anywhere from 60to 85 percent of their capacity. Brisk walking or bicycling, for ample, are aerobic. So is aerobic dance--informally choreographed routines that combine calisthenics and dance.

Aerobic dance classes became the rage in the early 1980s, but the shock to bones and tendons caused by repeated jumping and bouncing produced a number of injuries. Now, low-impact and nonimpact aerobics have replaced many higher-intensity aerobic workouts. Both are kinder to your skeleton.

Low-impact aerobics are designed so that:
Your feet stay close to the floor, and only one foot leaves the floor at a time.
Only moderate jumping is involved.
Jerky movements are kept to a minimum.

Nonimpact aerobics are designed so that:
No jumping is involved.
They rely on large muscles of the thighs (as in knee lifts) rather than muscles in the feet and
calves (as in jogging and skipping in place).
They require more arm movement than high-intensity aerobics.

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