Kenneth H. Cooper

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Date of Birth March 4, 1931
Place of Birth Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Age 89 years old
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Kenneth H. Cooper is a doctor of medicine and former Air Force Colonel from Oklahoma, who introduced the concept of aerobics. He is the author of the 1968 book Aerobics, which emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system. The popular mass market version was The New Aerobics, published a few years later. His points system is also the basis of the 10,000 steps per day method of maintaining adequate fitness by walking.

About Kenneth H. Cooper

An Oklahoma-born U.S. Air Force physician, he introduced the idea and practice of aerobics. He published a popular 1968 book, Aerobics, on the topic.

Before Fame

Working in the Air Force in the 1960s, he devised a points-based scale of physical fitness that he used to evaluate the impact of various exercises.


His bestselling book, Aerobics, increased the number of runners 100-fold and influenced an entire generation of exercisers.

Family Life

He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


He and Jack LaLanne both did a a great deal to motivate Americans to become more active.

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  • Power walking - Power walking or speed walking is the act of walking with a speed at the upper end of the natural range for the walking gait, typically 7 to 9 km/h. To qualify as power walking as opposed to jogging or running, at least one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times.
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Latest information about Kenneth H. Cooper updated on October 25, 2020.

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