An aerobic stepper is a simple fitness tool that can be a great way to get in shape and burn fat through aerobic exercise. It is important to choose a good stepper to avoid slipping and falling, and to be sure it is effective for your exercise. These steppers may be ordered online or purchased in a sporting goods store; it may be a better idea to purchase one in a store in order to try it out first.
First, select an aerobic stepper that is weighted on the bottom, and wide enough to not tip over if you step on the side of it. That could easily lead to falls and injuries. The stepper should be heavy enough that it is stable while in use, but not so heavy that it is difficult to move around and put away for storage. Try stepping on and off the stepper a few times to see if it feels sturdy enough.
In addition, the top of the stepper should have a rubbery, non-slip surface. This is both to prevent injuries and to prevent the sneakers from sliding when it is in use. It is generally a good idea to wear sneakers when doing aerobics, to give the feet and legs more support, but some people choose to go barefoot. Avoid purchasing an aerobic stepper that has a smooth plastic surface, which can be very slippery and dangerous when working out, especially when barefoot.
Finally, a good aerobic stepper should be height adjustable. That way, you can start with the stepper at a lower height to make it easier, and gradually increase the height as you get in better shape to make the exercise more challenging. These are the most important considerations when purchasing a stepper; they come in many different colors as well, which is a matter of personal preference.
An aerobic stepper may be used in a simple routine of stepping on and off, or it may be used as part of a more complex aerobics routine with jumps and sidestepping. Some aerobics DVDs may even come with the equipment; if not, it is generally a good idea to purchase a stepper if you have purchased an aerobic DVD. If you are taking an aerobics class at a gym, it will generally not be necessary to bring your own stepper unless you prefer to; they are usually provided by the gym.