Aerobic and Anaerobic Activities

By: Sydney C.

What's the Difference?

Aerobic exercise is sometimes known as "cardio"- exercise that requires pumping of oxygenated blood by the heart to deliver oxygen to working muscles. Anaerobic means "without oxygen." Anaerobic exercise is the type where you get out of breath in just a few moments. lift weights for improving strength, when you sprint, or when you climb a long flight of stairs.

Examples of Aerobic Exercise

  • Examples of aerobic exercises include cardio machines, spinning,running, swimming, walking, hiking, aerobics classes, dancing, cross country skiing, and kickboxing.

Examples of Anaerobic Exercise

  • Examples are things like when you lift weights for improving strength, when you sprint, or when you climb a long flight of stairs.

Ten Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

1. Better cardiac function: The heart gets more blood per beat. That means that the heart rate is reduced in times of relaxation and during the exercise.

2. Weight loss: During exercise the body burns fat and as a result the total body fat is reduced.

3. Improving mental health: Regular exercise releases the endorphins, the natural painkillers of the body, which among other things reduces stress, anxiety and depression.

4. Helps the immune system: Numerous studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are less prone to mild viral infections such as colds or flu.

5. Reducing diseases: The extra weight is an aggravating factor in the emergence of: heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer. The risk to develop some of these diseases decreases as we lose weight. There is data showing that walking can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the complications involved. While exercises such as swimming and water aerobics may help people with arthritis.

6. Increases longevity: Research by the University of Harvard, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1986, revealed that for the first time there was a scientific link between exercise and longevity. Since then, other research confirms this initial assessment.

7. Increases body resistance: Maybe during or immediately after exercise you feel tired, but in the long-term exercise increases the strength and the sense of well-being keeping fatigue away.

8. Improves muscle health: Exercise encourages the development of microscopic blood vessels that provide sufficient quantities of oxygen in the muscles and keep away from the muscles metabolic wastes such as lactic acid. This process can reduce the discomfort felt by those suffering from chronic muscle pain and back pain.

9. Increases the maximum consumption of oxygen by the body

10. Improves cardiovascular and cardiovascular function

Ten Benefits to Anaerobic Exercise

1.Strength-Building: Even though anaerobic exercise doesn't burn as many calories as aerobic exercise, it does increase the body's overall muscle strength, making your more able to engage in intense weight training without energy.

2. Weight Loss: Since it takes lots of energy for the body to gain muscle mass, anaerobic exercise can aid in weight loss.

3. Improve Respiratory Health: Anaerobic exercise boosts the amount of oxygen you use when you're working out, which improves the health of your respiratory system.

4. Increased Energy: Engaging in anaerobic exercises increases your endurance, which lessens instances of fatigue

5. Increased Metabolism: Anaerobic exercise will make your metabolism higher, since lean muscle mass will be increased and fat will be reduced.

6. Strengthened Bones: Your bones will also grow stronger when you're participating in anaerobic exercise on a regular basis. The weight and density of your bones will increase and could help prevent osteoporosis in the future.

7. Lowered Blood Sugar: Anaerobic exercise makes your blood sugar lower. The glycogen, which goes straight to the muscles, is burned quicker when your body is active, resulting in healthy weight and high energy.

8. Improved Appearance: Anaerobic exercises help to tone the muscles properly, so you may notice that your posture improves and your body will have a more youthful appearance.

9. Improved Athletic Performance: Working various muscle groups can make you more skilled and precise in your favorite sports. Anaerobic exercises increase coordination while helping to tone various parts of your body.

10. Firmer Joints: Finally, anaerobic exercise makes the joints denser. And since you're building muscle mass, you'll be shielding your joints from fracture and injury.