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.

Examples of aerobics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Branch’s water aerobics class in the big outdoor pool at Patterson Park. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "At Patterson Park Pool, one door closes on summer while another opens on school," 2 Sep. 2019 Cue the blood… and the pastels, aerobics classes, big hair, and so much more, because this season is set in the ’80s after all. Tim Stack, EW.com, "Watch the bloody first trailer for the slasher movie-inspired AHS: 1984," 26 Aug. 2019 While pregnant with us, our moms took aerobics classes together and we were born within hours of each other. Maggie Parker, Glamour, "Ditch Your Spouse. Take a Babymoon With Your Best Friends, Instead," 26 Aug. 2019 The quick clip sets up a group of aerobics enthusiasts, including Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Cody Fern, and Gus Kenworthy, who all get jobs as counselors at a nearby camp. Tim Stack, EW.com, "Watch the bloody first trailer for the slasher movie-inspired AHS: 1984," 26 Aug. 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," 13 Aug. 2019 All those classes — tai chi, dance, and water aerobics — help to strengthen the residents and help prevent falls. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Focus on ways to avoid falls," 19 July 2019 Water aerobics, lap swimming, pool rentals, private and group swim lessons and special events can be found online. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 But even here her ingenuity is thwarted, when FAM shuts down her efforts to recruit her downliners to her jubilant water-aerobics classes at the park. Author: Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: We’re buying what Kirsten Dunst is selling in ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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8 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for aerobics

The first known use of aerobics was in 1967

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aerobics

noun
How to pronounce aerobics (audio)

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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