This kind of exercise is a newer version and interesting technique of aerobics. Conventional aerobics are practiced on the floor: you discover a series of dance steps such as the Pony or the Jazz Square, which are often done in four, two steps taking you in one direction, two more taking you the other direction.
Steps are composite with arm gestures to intensify large-muscle movements and increase fat-burning sequences are performed to music.
In step aerobics, your workout walks vertically rather than horizontally. You place a step of five to ten inches in height before you, and the routine is adapted so that students step up and down to the music. The smallest step (and the one beginners should use) is four inches high: they increase in height by two inch increments, so you can add risers to your initial step as your fitness level increases.
It's necessary in step aerobics to pay attention to your posture and the form you are stepping. Make sure your instructor sees the way you are working to make sure you're using your feet properly for the kinds of steps you'll be doing. Keep your head up and shoulder back when stepping: don't lean forward from the waist, or you'll put strain on your lower back. Unless you're moving fast or doing lunges, your feet should be centered on the platform and they should meet it wholly, heel to ball of foot. Stepping down, let your toe hit the ground first, the ball of foot, then your heel. Step down close to your step platform rather than stretching away from it.
Is advisable that you never bend your knee more than 90 degrees (Straight angle), in addition 60 degrees is optimal. As many exercises, step aerobics is all about moderation: you don't have to “push the envelope”; in fact, trying to do too much can cause injuries that will last you for years.
Step aerobics are very agreeable: many people choose their “step” classes to regular aerobics. However, if you have some problems with your knees or ankles, step aerobics may not be the best alternative for your workout, because the amount of stepping up and down involved does increase the impact on your lower body, concentrated on your joints.