Why I love aerobics

I've had a membership on and off at my local YMCA for a few years now. This being the summer after freshman year (uggh), I'm trying to exercise more than usual. And I've tried a bunch of different classes and forms of individual exercise, including the "cool" ones like yoga, Pilates, et cetera. But you know what I like best of all? Aerobics.


Yep, just like that. (Except aerobics practitioners have, blessedly, opted for more fabric and less poly/spandex since the '80's.) But no joke, the aerobics classes I go to are a blast.

First of all, there's the instructor. Her grin and enthusiastic bellow, and the sight of a woman who is at least in her forties dancing around so energetically and unreservedly and with so much enjoyment, never fail to perk me up, even at eight o'clock in the morning. Also, from time to time she yells that as long as we are moving, we're doing it right, which is a line I can't help but like.

The steps are fast and simple but with a goodly amount of variety, and impact-wise you can amp it up as much as you want, which I like because I love anything with a lot of jumping (hence I do Irish dance). It's an hour of bouncing, twisting, punching, and side-stepping around, and it's fabulous! I always feel like going full out, and sometimes I can't NOT grin.

A fast, fun soundtrack is provided, including reunion time with such classics as "The Twist," "We Got The Beat," and "Whoomp! (There It Is)" as well as weird, only-for-aerobics-instructors songs like a techno remix of Eponine's "On My Own" from Les Miserables.

I get to witness the miraculous spectacle of a gym full of women two or three times my age grooving uninhibitedly to said soundtrack, answering every "HOW ARE WE DOING?" from the instructor with a chorus of hearty cheers right on cue. Aside from how reassuring it is to see that, yes, women can have real fun even after they reach forty, thanks to them there is no trace of the stereotypical gym culture (that is, I never worry about wearing something cool, how I measure up to the person next to me, and so on). One older lady even told me today that my energy inspired her, which kind of made my morning. Teehee.

And of course, it's really good exercise. It gets your heart rate up for a solid hour, makes you sweat, and works your muscles a bit too, but at the end you still feel like you have more energy than you did when you began. Genius stuff, I tell you. We don't give the 1980's enough credit.

12 comments:

Gretchen 7/07/2008 7:29 PM  

1. That picture is amazing.
2. I need to exercise more.
3. Now I'm off to go dig up some techno musical tracks!

Patrice 7/07/2008 7:47 PM  

Sounds like fun :). Me and my mom are going to get a membership at the gym and work out there. Not fun.

Patrice 7/07/2008 7:59 PM  

Haha, yes the covers are beautiful, but if you spread it out her dress is ginormous. I don't even know how she would be able to walk anywhere in the stupid thing. But all the same, they are very pretty!

Sarah Louise 7/07/2008 8:09 PM  

You go girl! I can't believe it's the summer after your freshman year. (I guess in my brain you were still in school...) Rising sophomore, yay! And while aerobics is not my thing (I mess up the moves) I like walking (one step, next step.) Go you. Plus the music sounds great.

oh, and the vw is to test my aerobic finger skills...and my eyes too.

Sarah Louise 7/07/2008 8:09 PM  

wow, I can't believe I got that vw in one try!

Q 7/07/2008 8:45 PM  

Is that The Firm?

I walked three miles today.

cuileann 7/07/2008 9:55 PM  

Thank you, SL. :) Walking is excellent too; I like it nearly as well as aerobics. Don't have to get up early, ha.

Q, I don't know what it's from (just got it from a Google Image search). Was there an aerobics class scene in that movie? I do not remember it...

Nerd Goddess 7/08/2008 10:14 AM  

Hmm, maybe I should try it out... in the safety of my basement. ;) There's actually nowhere nearby where I could go do that, especially since I'm working in the wee hours of the morning when people are usually getting in their exercise classes. But now I'm making excuses.

Anyway, fun post, great picture. :)

A.L.I.A.S. Morrigan 7/08/2008 10:49 AM  

BEKA COOPER IS AN AWESOME BOOK! I LOVE TAMORA PIERCE!!!!

odessa 7/08/2008 9:03 PM  

my mom used to teach aerobics classes in our town and this picture brought back so many fun memories! love it.

i have scoliosis so i personally love pilates because it helps me improve my posture and decrease back pain. i enjoy walking too.

good luck with your summer fitness plan!

Q 7/09/2008 1:55 PM  

No, The Firm was this one aerobic video series from the nineties.

cuileann 7/09/2008 2:19 PM  

Thanks, Odessa! :)

Q - Ah, that makes a lot more sense! I thought you were talking about the Tom Cruise movie, haha.

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