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Anaerobic vs Aerobic

You have probably heard that, forachieving a desired body fitness, you need a combination of bothaerobic and anaerobic exercises. However, many people are notfamiliar with the difference between these two terms, apart theobvious, linguistic one. In order to clear this out, let us compareand contrast these two workout methods.

Aerobic exercising means exercisingwith taking oxygen. This does not imply that the second method doesnot require you to breathe. Rather, the difference is in somethingelse. For example, during running, which is an aerobic activity, ourbody needs a constant supply of oxygen to our muscles in order toendure the stress. The air we breathe during these activities helpsour body create the energy needed. First, it gets it from the glucoselevels in our blood. However, once the glucose levels are depleted,our body starts burning fat for energy. In fact, this is when weexperience the so-called, runner's high.

Logically, on the other hand, exerciseswhere we do not use oxygen for energy production are called anaerobicexercises. Namely, during anaerobic exercises, our body burnsglycogen in exchange for energy. This glycogen is basically, thesugar in our blood, which is produced in our liver, through burningcarbohydrates and dietary amino acids. One of the typical anaerobicexercises is weight lifting, where we perform short bursts of workingout. Thereby, for these, we do not need extra oxygen but glycogeninstead.

All in all, we need both types ofexercising for maintaining our physical fitness and healthcompletely. By performing these exercises we reduce our bloodpressure, make our heart and bones stronger, develop our muscles, andkeep numerous diseases and problems at bay by increasing our bloodcell count.

How To Combine the Two?

Initially, you can start by takingyourself for a short walk in the morning. This does not have to lastmore than 5 minutes, even though it can. This will provide basicaerobic exercises. Then, while you are spending you leisure time athome, try lifting some weights while watching the TV or relaxingduring the afternoon. Once you get your muscles developed and yourmetabolism boosted, you can take it up a notch by taking up swimmingor running regularly along with increasing the weight with which youworkout afterwards. Before you start with this, more serious, part,make sure you consult with your doctor first, especially if you areon certain kind of medications or under a therapy. Finally, once youstart working out, eat healthy, drink sufficient amounts of water andmake sure you sleep at least 8 hours each night.

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