[ uh-roh-biks ]
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  1. Also called aer·o·bic ex·er·cis·es [uh-roh-bik ek-ser-sahy-ziz] /əˈroʊ bɪk ˈɛk sərˌsaɪ zɪz/ .(used with a plural verb) any of various sustained exercises, as jogging, rowing, swimming, or cycling, that stimulate and strengthen the heart and lungs, thereby improving the body's utilization of oxygen.

  2. (used with a singular verb) a physical fitness program based on such exercises: Aerobics is a good way to get your body in shape.

Origin of aerobics

1965–70; see aerobic, -ics; probably shortened from aerobic exercises on the model of calisthenics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for aerobics


/ (ɛəˈrəʊbɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular) any system of sustained exercises designed to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood and strengthen the heart and lungs

Derived forms of aerobics

  • aerobicist, noun

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Cultural definitions for aerobics


[ (air-oh-biks) ]

Exercise designed specifically to improve cardiovascular fitness and, subsequently, the body's use of oxygen. Also called aerobic exercise.

Notes for aerobics

The term aerobics usually refers to a specific kind of vigorous exercise, sometimes involving dance steps, that is set to music. Other forms of aerobic exercise include running, cycling, and swimming.

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