from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A system of physical conditioning designed to enhance circulatory and respiratory efficiency that involves vigorous sustained exercise, such as jogging, swimming, or cycling.
- n. A program of physical fitness that involves such exercise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of exercise, designed to enhance one's cardiovascular fitness, normally performed to music
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. physical exercises performed in a sustained and strenuous fashion designed to cause a temporary increase in respiration rate and heart rate, such a running, swimming, walking, or calisthenics. Calisthenic sessions in groups, performed by following a leader in moving to a rhythmic musical accompaniment, are a popular form of aerobics.
- n. a system of physical conditioning relying largely on aerobics exercises.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. exercise that increases the need for oxygen
The term aerobics usually refers to a specific kind of vigorous exercise, sometimes involving dance steps, that is set to music.
The word 'aerobics' came about when the gym instructors got together and said: If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it 'Jumping up and down.'
My knee is feeling better so I think I'll do 20 min aerobics, 20 min toning.
At that point, health clubs and gyms were mainly for the die-hard weight lifters; Gilda and her former student Jane Fonda were doing this thing called aerobics, and it seemed like everybody who was anybody walked through our doors those days!
It was aerobic dance popularly called aerobics here in TnT.
Or you could try aqua aerobics, which is really fun.
"The word 'aerobics' comes from two Greek words: 'aero', meaning 'ability to', and 'bics', meaning 'withstand tremendous boredom'."
Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the fitness guru who coined the word "aerobics," says that if you run more than 15 miles a week, you're running for something other than fitness.
I did almost bail out of watching the video when I realized it was hosted by Richard Simmons my junior high school, in a move to encourage poor body image, eating disorders, and self-loathing among adolescent girls, had us do his "aerobics" LP in gym class.
I would have thought that this last would lend itself best to some kind of aerobics video, but instead I found a karaoke version.