Anaerobic vs Aerobic
You have probably heard that, for achieving a desired body fitness, you need a combination of both aerobic and anaerobic exercises. However, many people are not familiar with the difference between these two terms, apart the obvious, linguistic one. In order to clear this out, let us compare and contrast these two workout methods.
Aerobic exercising means exercising with taking oxygen. This does not imply that the second method does not require you to breathe. Rather, the difference is in something else. For example, during running, which is an aerobic activity, our body needs a constant supply of oxygen to our muscles in order to endure the stress. The air we breathe during these activities helps our body create the energy needed. First, it gets it from the glucose levels in our blood. However, once the glucose levels are depleted, our body starts burning fat for energy. In fact, this is when we experience the so-called, runner's high.
Logically, on the other hand, exercises where we do not use oxygen for energy production are called anaerobic exercises. Namely, during anaerobic exercises, our body burns glycogen in exchange for energy. This glycogen is basically, the sugar in our blood, which is produced in our liver, through burning carbohydrates and dietary amino acids. One of the typical anaerobic exercises is weight lifting, where we perform short bursts of working out. Thereby, for these, we do not need extra oxygen but glycogen instead.
All in all, we need both types of exercising for maintaining our physical fitness and health completely. By performing these exercises we reduce our blood pressure, make our heart and bones stronger, develop our muscles, and keep numerous diseases and problems at bay by increasing our blood cell count.
How To Combine the Two?
Initially, you can start by taking yourself for a short walk in the morning. This does not have to last more than 5 minutes, even though it can. This will provide basic aerobic exercises. Then, while you are spending you leisure time at home, try lifting some weights while watching the TV or relaxing during the afternoon. Once you get your muscles developed and your metabolism boosted, you can take it up a notch by taking up swimming or running regularly along with increasing the weight with which you workout afterwards. Before you start with this, more serious, part, make sure you consult with your doctor first, especially if you are on certain kind of medications or under a therapy. Finally, once you start working out, eat healthy, drink sufficient amounts of water and make sure you sleep at least 8 hours each night.