Aerobics are good mental exercise
Sunday 18 April 1999
Every woman, and the few men who have tried, know Step aerobics is about much more than keeping fit. Intellectually it's on a par with studying for an advanced degree in nuclear physics.
Linguist Judy Delin, of Sterling University, spent seven years deciphering the arcane language of the aerobics instructor. She says under-standing it is one of the most taxing mental challenges of the modern world.
Dr Delin, whose research will be published later this year, painstakingly transcribed tapes of aerobics lessons to unravel how people interpret the baffling stream of commands and visual signals.
In one lesson, the instructor shouted 500 orders and words of encouragement in 28 minutes. Dr Delin says the words - or "utterances" - are meaningless unless you know the subtle series of codes, delays and timings that make routines work. She believes the enormous mental challenge to keep going without falling over is probably the root of aerobics' popularity.
The fact that for Step one needs a big brain could explain why it is the most popular sport for women - but of no great attraction to men.
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Isis 'throw man off a building for homosexual affair' and beat him to death when he survives
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...