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Health Care Women Int. 2007 Jan;28(1):21-46.

How "healthful" are aerobics classes? Exploring the health and wellness messages in aerobics classes for women.

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  • 1Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC 28403-5956, USA.


The purpose of this study was to explore the health messages communicated by aerobics instructors in aerobics classes for women. A theoretical framework influenced by adult learning theory and feminist pedagogy was used in this qualitative study. Over a 3-month period, the practices of five aerobics instructors working at one nonprofit fitness center and one wellness facility were explored. The methods of data collection were one interview with each aerobics instructor and 14 site visits to conduct participant observations and to retrieve of documents. Despite the nonprofit and wellness-based environment of the exercise facilities in this research, there was still an overemphasis on the physical aspect of aerobics classes. Therefore, the potential wellness-related benefits of aerobics classes for women, especially in environments that identified themselves as promoting wellness, were not fully realized.

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