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Friday, April 13, 2012

Aerobic vs Anaerobic - What Kind of Exercise Do We Need?

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Let's start with defining these terms.  Aerobic exercise involves relatively low intensity workouts.  It literally means "with oxygen."  This type of exercise promotes circulation of oxygen to the blood.  Anaerobic refers to exercises "without oxygen."  They tend to be delivered in bursts rather than consistent level energy output.

Benefits of aerobic exercise: There are numerous benefits of aerobic exercise.  It improves cardiovascular performance and lung function as the body adapts to more efficiently utilize oxygen.  It lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.   It reduces body fat and is more effective than anaerobic when it comes to weight loss and management.

Benefits of anaerobic exercise: Anaerobic exercises include strength building and flexibility.  Strength building refers to short, more intense movements.  Flexibility exercises assist in the toning and stretching of your muscles.  Anaerobic exercises are definitely more effective in muscle toning and definition.  Also, it aids in the development of greater muscle mass...which leads to more calories burned while at rest.

What are some great ways to get these exercises types covered?  Here are some examples:
  • Aerobic: jogging, cross country skiing, swimming laps, spinning, rowing, walking
  • Anaerobic: sprints, weight lifting, power yoga, interval training, tennis, basketball

For a balanced workout regimen, be sure to involve both types of exercise.  This will help you BURN FAT and get TONED.  Which is what we are all going for!  Don't overdo any one exercise or sport.  The best way to attain the good shape we are working toward, always keep your body guessing.  For me, I like to run 3-4 days each week with a long run on one of the days.  In between, I practice yoga (bikram) and lift weights for muscle tone and definition.

For specific schedules, you can speak to your doctor or health professional...just reach out! They all enjoy helping you reach your fitness goals :)  Also, feel free to message me or comment if you have any questions!

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