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Question by casey: Do I need an exercise mat for basic aerobics?
We have very little room in our office for exercise equipment but I really need to start an exercise program. Cardio is what Im aiming for. Im thinking about getting a couple of aerobic DVDs and going at it. Never done aerobics before and while the office is carpeted should I buy an exercise mat? Do I need to wear shoes?
Im talking old school aerobics from the 70’s and 80’s. Richard Simmons workouts type stuff. .

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Answer by Bruno
For comfort, sure, but it’s not necessary at all.
And correct me if I’m wrong here…. but isn’t Aerobics doing exercises like running, cycling, and swimming? I always thought exercise mats were for the typical Yoga B.S. that women shoot for.

As for shoes, that’s a tough one. Some people actually exercise better without shoes. Others find that a good pair of running shoes help greatly with shin splints (they happen to new runners and they’re quite painful for some) and even help with balance. If you’re running though, you will buy shoes. And if you’re buying running shoes, do not be afraid to spend money on expensive ones if they’re actually good for you. Shoes help a lot, trust me.

You don’t need a mat for that, though it helps a bit with positioning yourself and not looking like complete crap. If you’re going to be on your back a lot, then get it if you can afford it. You don’t really need it, but some people are sensitive and being on their back on hard floor can start to ache, and a rug can cause a burn in some odd occasions. :/

I personally don’t see the use of it, but that’s just me.

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