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Transcript of Dance Aerobics
Aerobics can be:
High impact - intense jumping actions are synchronized with the rhythmic beats of music.
Low impact - footwork movements are coordinated with the rhythm of the music.
Step aerobics - stepping actions are combined with music.
Water aerobics - aerobics conducted in water, usually for medical purposes. What Is Dance Aerobics? We attended Core Health Club in Frankston in which we attended two classes:
Hi Lo Class-
A traditional aerobic class where you can choose hi or low impact variations of every move so you can workout at your own fitness level.
Core Tummy Hips and Thighs-
A combination of dance aerobic activities that specifically targets on toning your stomach, hips and thighs.
Both classes went for an hour each. Our Experience We feel that both classes helped us understand the importance of aerobic exercise and gave us ideas of how we could incorperate it into the classroom environment.
-The importance of a warm up and cool down in terms of getting the body and muscles ready for exercise,
-How it is necessary to monitor your own heart rate in terms of assesing your own fitness levels
-Importance of a combination of high and low intensity moves to cater for all fitness levels
-No stopping to keep your heart rate high to maintain a high intensity workout What we learned from our experience Aerobics in the Primary School Classroom According to Macenzie, if the activity duration is 240 to 600 seconds it is classified as an aerobic exercise and the energy being used is muscle glycogen + fatty acids.
Our routine is within this period of time and allows our bodies to gain a healthy workout that benefits various systems. Types of Exercise used in Dance Aerobics Main activity-
The main dance aerobic activity comprises of high and low intensity moves, targeted to improve fitness levels as well as strengthen muscles and core stability.
Some low intensity moves include:
- Walking forward and backwards
- Marching on the spot
Some high intensity moves include:
- Knee repeaters with a jump and touch
- Jumping on the spot and in a circle Main Activity We learned that instead of teaching the moves without music, the fitness instructors went straight into the dance and attendants followed suit McCutchen (2006) supports dance in the primary years for all students stating its importance in the “…advancement of their artistic, cognitive, social, and aesthetic and kinesthetic awareness” (Battisti & Haibach, 2001). The article goes on to explain how dance also improves physical development, social awareness and cognitive progress, which, as teachers, is our ultimate goal. Furthermore, “incorporating dance in the physical education curriculum is a great way to offer variation and get students out of their typical comfort zone” (Battisti & Haibach, 2011). This then creates a positive and fun environment encouraging students to enjoy physical activity, successfully benefitting their fitness levels and overall health.
Battisti, J., & Haibach, P. (2011). Progression through movement: teaching dance to elementary students. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 82(8). Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/ps/i.do?action=interpret&id=GALE%7CA270980820&v=2.1&u=monash&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&authCount=1
Ahmad Tousi states “The main purpose of warm-up is to increase the blood circulation in order to raise both the general body and the deep muscle temperatures, which in turn help to heat up the muscles, ligaments and tendons in preparation for more vigorous activity”. Warm up Phase Cool Down Phase “Stretching after activity helps to ensure maximum flexibility, relax the muscles, return them to their resting length and helps develop long-term attitudes to maintaining healthy lifestyles”
Normally the cool down period would last around 5 minutes. Aerobics is an "activity for which the body can supply adequate oxygen to the working muscles to sustain activity for a long time" (Landy & Burridge, 2009, p.19); producing cardiovascular fitness.
Landy, J. & Burridge, K. (2009). Kids with Zip. Port Melbourne: Pearson Australia Group ATP CP System
•Fast accelerated, short and explosive movements
•Examples from our dance aerobic routine include: jumping on the spot, turning grapevine
Lactic Acid System
•Consecutive high energy exercises
•Examples from our dance aerobic routine include: continuous turning grapevines, knee repeaters with a jump, squats
•Low intensity exercises over a period of time
•Examples from our dance aerobic routine include: at the beginning of the activity the exercises are low intensity and intensify as the routine continues Energy Systems AND NOW...THE FUN BEGINS!
LET'S DANCE...AEROBICS STYLE! Tousi, A. (n.d.) "IMPORTANCE of WARM-UP AND STRETCHING"http://www.entraineurdefoot.com/Tousienglish.htm Australian Sports Commision (2010). The warm up and cool down. Retrieved from: http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/coaches/tools/the_training_session/Warmup-Cooldown MACKENZIE, B. (1998) Energy Pathways [WWW] Retrieved from: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/energy.html