- Also called aerobic exercises. (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.
- (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
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Examples from the Web for aerobics
Many dance instructors register their classes at gyms and teach women or men (separately) under the name of aerobics.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
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They were up on their feet so often to applaud the Texas senator that his speech was practically an aerobics class.Paul, Cruz Duel at ‘Values Voter’ Event
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Whatever the current passion, it was obvious that the fasting and aerobics had been abandoned.John Grisham's First Short Story: Part Two
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- (functioning as singular) any system of sustained exercises designed to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood and strengthen the heart and lungs
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Word Origin and History for aerobics
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- A system of physical conditioning to enhance circulatory and respiratory efficiency that involves vigorous, sustained exercise, such as jogging, swimming, or cycling, thereby improving the body's use of oxygen.
- A program of physical fitness that involves such exercise.
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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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