aerobics

plural noun
aer·​o·​bics | \ ˌer-ˈō-biks How to pronounce aerobics (audio) \

Definition of aerobics

1  singular or plural in construction : a system of physical conditioning involving exercises (such as running, walking, swimming, or calisthenics) strenuously performed so as to cause marked temporary increase in respiration and heart rate
2 : aerobic exercises

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This is a system of physical conditioning intended to improve the body’s ability to take in and use oxygen. Aerobic exercises, such as running, jogging, swimming, and dancing, stimulate heart and lung activity. To produce a benefit, aerobic training must raise the heart rate (pulse) to the exerciser’s training level for at least 20 minutes and include at least three sessions a week.

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Fonda founded her own dance-aerobics program in 1979 to fund the leftist Campaign for Economic Democracy; her bestselling book connected exercise to causes such as environmentalism and overcoming oppressive beauty standards. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The Atlantic, "The World That Jazzercise Built," 16 June 2019 Water Aerobics: Outdoor water aerobics at Veterans Memorial Park pool on Pleasant Valley Drive with Dee on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. beginning Monday, 6/24, through Wednesday, 8/7. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 13 June 2019 Recreational swimming is available at different times every day of the week, in addition to activities like toddler time and deep and shallow water aerobics. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "7 sensational Bay Area pools to escape the heat," 10 June 2019 The era was heavy on the cardio; dance classes and aerobics dominated the fitness scene (please do yourself a favor and watch this video from the National Aerobic Championship). Vogue, "Surprising No One, Emily Ratajkowski Would Make a Very Glam Aerobics Instructor," 24 Apr. 2019 The orchestra performance was followed by routines from two dance teams, a martial arts team, an aerobics team and a folk music ensemble. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Chinese Art Troupe wows The Woodlands with cultural performances," 1 Feb. 2018 Getting some exercise is also possible with water aerobics at the West Gray Recreation Center. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Events, places provide numerous opportunities to stay socially active," 15 Mar. 2018 Aqua aerobics classes are fun — and vigorous — at Horizon House. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Retirement center residents get a great workout in the pool," 24 Sep. 2018 Before Christmas 1987, Bench married Laura Cwikowski, an Oklahoma City model and aerobics instructor. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of aerobics

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerobics

aerob(ic) + -ics

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aerobics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aerobics

: a system of exercises often done by a group of people while music is playing : a system of aerobic exercises also : aerobic exercises

aerobics

noun plural
aer·​o·​bics | \ -biks How to pronounce aerobics (audio) \

Medical Definition of aerobics

1  singular or plural in construction : a system of physical conditioning involving exercises (as running, walking, swimming, or calisthenics) strenuously performed so as to cause marked temporary increase in respiration and heart rate
2 : aerobic exercises

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