Aerobic and Anaerobic

Aerobic and Anaerobic

Aerobic and anaerobic refer to the use of oxygen during activity/exercise. Obviously we need oxygen through out all workouts but when referring to aerobic vs anaerobic we are talking about the cells use of oxygen to fuel your energy to perform.

Aerobic is when we get an adequate amount of oxygen to our cells and to our muscles during the routine/work out. This allows muscles to move repeatedly for a longer period of time with continuous energy. Performing aerobic exercises cause your heart to pump harder and faster and your lungs to breath deeper and more quickly. Eventually your body will release endorphins, which cause you to feel better and gives you the ability to keep going. It’s what is referred to as a “runners high”. Other benefits of aerobic activity along with good nutrition include weight loss, Healthy heart, more energy, and clear arteries. Examples of aerobic activity would be long distance runs, cycling, and swimming, to name a few.

Anaerobic is the term used when you are doing a much higher intensity exercise that requires other sources of fuel. Benefits to incorporating anaerobic exercise are increasing your anaerobic threshold (intensity at which your body accumulates lactic acid causing fatigue), improving cardio respiratory, increasing your“VO2 max” which means the highest amount of oxygen you can consume during high intensity workouts, and increasing muscular strength. Anaerobic activity would include sprints, isometrics, jumping, and heavy lifting.

So both are very beneficial in their aspects and good to think about when considering what outcome you want to get from your work out.


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