Aerobic vs Anaerobic Fitness: Which Is Right For You In 2020? The Answer Will Surprise You!

Aerobic vs Anaerobic Fitness: Which is right for you?

Aerobic vs Anaerobic…………..

Well, the answer to this depends on your goals. What are you trying to achieve through your fitness? Do you want to shed fat, tone your body, build muscle or improve your cardiovascular endurance? 

If you want to boost your metabolism and build muscle endurance, consider anaerobic exercise. This includes activity like:

  Sprinting

  HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

  Weight lifting

Anything where you’re working at a high intensity for short bursts of time will force your body to use the glucose stored in your muscles to fuel your activity (instead of oxygen). This is called Glycolysis. This process also produces lactic acid, which is the reason why your muscles get so tired. Regularly doing anaerobic training will build up your body’s tolerance to lactic acid, so you’ll start to be able to work for longer more efficiently.

If you want to keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy, you may want to consider aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercises are usually sustainable for longer periods of time (this is how you know whether or not you’re working in your aerobic or anaerobic zones!) Exercises include: 

  Jogging

  Bike riding

  Dancing

–   Swimming

But the best thing of all; they both burn fat! 

Within the aerobic vs anaerobic debate, a common misconception is that low-intensity cardio is optimal for fat loss – we’ve all seen the mythical “fat-burning zone” on heart rate monitors. But, it’s actually all to do with maths. Let us demonstrate:

If you sprint for 30 minutes or jog for 30 minutes you’re going to burn way more calories in your anaerobic zone (sprinting). While the percentage of fat burned will be higher during your jog, the overall amount of fat burned will be higher during your sprint. Basically, you need to workout much longer aerobically to burn as much fat as you do anaerobically. Make sense?

Don’t think Aerobic vs Anaerobic Fitness and pit them against each other. Think Aerobic AND Anaerobic because a mixture of both types of exercise will make sure your workout routine is most effective. All of our cardio equipment is designed to meet your aerobic and anaerobic needs to make sure your home gym is equipped for extended cardio sessions. If cardio isn’t your thing then take a look at our professional weight lifting equipment to hit both aerobic and anaerobic sweet spots and maximise your fat-burn!

 

 The Science[1]

Oxygen is required for the body to be able to use fat for fuel. Since aerobic exercise uses oxygen to produce energy, it can use both fat and glucose for fuel. Anaerobic exercise, on the other hand, can only use glucose for fuel.

Glucose is available in the muscles for quick and short bursts of movement and can be used when the aerobic system is maxed out for a short period of time.

When you begin to exercise vigorously, there is a temporary shortage of oxygen getting delivered to your working muscles. That means anaerobic exercise must be fuelled using glucose through a process called glycolysis.

Glycolysis occurs in muscle cells during high-intensity training without oxygen, producing energy quickly. This process also produces lactic acid, which is the reason why your muscles get so tired after the energy burst.

 

 [1] What You Need to Know About Anaerobic Exercise, https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/anaerobic-exercise,  Medically reviewed by Daniel Bubnis, MS, NASM-CPT, NASE Level II-CSS, specialty in fitness, on March 6, 2019 — Written by Erin Kelly

 

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