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Aerobic Exercise Versus Anaerobic: Balance Your Routine

Don’t confuse aerobic and anaerobic exercise no more.
The key to a successful diet is being able to find the right balance between both.
This why you can lose weight and keep it off at the same time.

Exercise can be broken down into two types, aerobic and anaerobic exercise. By knowing the characteristics of different exercises and how they affect your body is how you are going to find the exercise that works best with your diet program.

What is aerobic exercise?

Aerobic exercise is defined as exercise with known beneficial effects inside the body stimulating your cardiovascular and respiratory system over a long period of time. Simply speaking, what this means is that it is a low-intensity exercise that is easy to maintain over time.

What benefits does aerobic exercise have on your body?

With aerobic exercise there are two benefits that you can look forward to.

  • Burning off fat
  • Lowering of cholesterol levels and neutral fats in body

Aerobic exercise, allowing you to burn of more fat and lower cholesterol is said to particularly effected when combined with you diet.

What aerobic exercises are out there?

Well known aerobic exercises are walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming. Although each exercise can be done at an aerobic level, the merits of each differ. When trying to decide which exercise is right for you, it is useful to look at the merits of each individually. That is where this next table comes into play.

Exercise method Merit
Easy to get started even when you are alone.
Doesn't require the use of special equipment.
Can be done just about anywhere.
Aerobics Can be done in groups, which is not just fun
but allows time to fly by as you exercise.
Swimming Recommended for people with knee problems and help people that are over weight exercise without hurting themselves in the process.

Things to keep in mind while doing aerobic exercise

Let's first state by refreshing on how we defined aerobic exercise, low-intensity and easy to keep up with. These two key points are important to keep in mind while you are exercising.

If you let your breath get away from you causing your heart beat to rise too high, you are not doing aerobic exercise. It is easy to slip up and send your body into an anaerobic level, losing the benefits of aerobic exercise. Conversely, if while you are walking, you let your pace slip to a stroll too comfortable to be called exercise, the benefits of aerobic exercise done right are lost. That is why as you walk, it is important to remember that you are exercising and to keep your pace from slipping too slow.

Although aerobic exercise is effect in helping you burn off fat, stopping in the middle of exercise nullifies this effect. Aerobic exercise should be done for at least 20 minutes. This allows your body to metabolize fat found inside your blood vessels. After this fat is used up, your body can then start breaking down fat and cholesterol inside the body. This is why aerobic exercise should be continued for longer periods of time compared to other exercises.

Although as important as getting the benefits exercise has on your body, there are many of us that aren't able to keep up with the routine for more than 20 minutes. As a preventative measure, ensuring we don't get hurt, it is recommended that you start off with 10 minutes routines. As your body gets use to more and more exercise, gradually increase the amount you do to 20 minutes or more. Overdoing it in the beginning not only takes more effort than you need to put in, but also makes it hard to turn into a habit. Go at a pace that is right for you.

What is anaerobic exercise?

Anaerobic exercise stems form the word anaerobe, pertaining to the ability to function without oxygen. Knowing this you may be wondering how it is you are going to breath without air or may be fetching your swimming hat and goggles getting ready to head to the pool. Don't stop reading yet.

Anaerobic exercise differs from aerobic exercise in the respect that while do it glycogen in your muscle tissues active to produce the energy you need. Since anaerobic exercise doesn't require oxygen the way aerobic exercise does, continuing it over long periods of time is difficult and leads to fatigue. On the contrary, this type of exercise allows you to use your body to its full capacity.

Boost your metabolism

Anaerobic exercise has an effect of boosting your body's metabolic rate. By giving your metabolism a boost, it becomes easier to burn of energy when you are not exercising (sleeping) requiring more energy to keep your body running the way it should. This gives your body what it needs to be able to burn off more calories, making losing weight easier.

As you age, along with other things, you metabolic rate decreases. This is why it is often thought it is easier for you to gain weight as you age. For those with low metabolisms, aerobic exercise is recommended for those feeling like old age is taking its toll, making it harder to maintain your weight.

What anaerobic exercises are out there?

Amongst other well-known activities, weight training and sprinting are effective anaerobic exercises that can help boost your metabolism. However, by increasing the intensity of aerobic exercise, it is possible to get a anaerobic workout.

For example, although jogging may be an aerobic exercise, by increasing the pace at which you jog, it turns into an effective anaerobic workout. How you judge whether your jogging is aerobic or anaerobic can be done in the following manner.

If you are able to jog while comfortably having a conversation, then you are doing an aerobic exercise. However, on the other hand if you find yourself having to stop for a breath mid-sentence, then you are definitely doing an aerobic exercise. The same procedure can be use with regard to other activities, such as swimming.

Note that it is also possible to get an aerobic workout while lifting weights if done at the right pace. Keep this in mind when you are working out next time, which type of exercise you are actually doing.

Does aerobic exercise help you put on muscle mass?

Although it is easy to confuse weight training with bodybuilding, it's harder for women to put on muscle mass and get ripped out as men. This is way you shouldn't be worried too much about bulking up as long as you keep the intensity down.

On the other hand, the more muscle mass you put one, increases your metabolism which makes it less likely that your diet should rebound. After losing weight, anaerobic exercise can help you put it back on serving as a aid when you want to maintain your weight.

Balancing both aerobic or anaerobic is key!

It's easy to associate diet and weight loss with aerobic exercise. However, after losing weight how you get it back is by combining both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

By Martin Nicholson

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