– Became well known in the 1970s
Aerobics is a type of vigorous exercise that can include brisk walking, running, swimming, or cycling to strengthen the heart and lungs. dr Kenneth Cooper published the seminal book Aerobics in 1968, in which he defined this new category of fitness. In his research lab, Cooper studied the benefits of aerobic exercise and how it can help curb disease and improve a person’s overall quality of life.
Since Cooper’s original work, the definition of aerobic exercise has expanded significantly to include mixed cardio routines and, thanks to trainer Jacki Sorensen, aerobic dance routines. Aerobics became even more popular in the early 1980s when actress Jane Fonda released her first workout video, sparking another revolution in home fitness.
Today, aerobic and cardio training are standard offerings in gyms and health centers.