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Aerobics book cover In 1968, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper released his groundbreaking best-selling book, Aerobics. What began as one man’s quest to quantify the amount of healthy levels of exercise sparked a worldwide fitness movement. Aerobics has since been printed in 41 languages, including braille, and sold more than 30 million copies.

The word that changed the world—aerobics.

Most people don’t realize Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper coined the word aerobics. The verb "aerobic" existed, meaning "to live in air or with oxygen." Dr. Cooper added one letter—an "s"—and in an instant created the noun "aerobics."

But there’s more to that word than meets the eye. Aerobics is a movement filled with people who read a book and followed a plan that changed their lives. Learn more about the benefits of aerobics.

Aerobics: Your Prescription for Good Health

Top Five Aerobic Exercises

The Aerobic-Strength Balance

Aerobic vs. Cardiovascular Exercise

View the Cooper Aerobics Timeline

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