Aerobic vs Anaerobic

Author: FITivate | Published date: June 1, 2022 | Category: Medical

Aerobic Exercises

  • Generally low to moderate level of exercise
  • Can be sustained through a longer duration
  • Tend to bring the heart rate up gradually
  • Oxygen is being utitlised to fuel the muscles

Examples of Aerobic Exercises

  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • Brisk walking

Anaerobic Exercises

  • Higher intensity workouts
  • Can only be sustained by the body through shorter durations (intervals)
  • Tend to bring the heart rate up very quickly
  • Oxygen is not present in energy conversion, glycogen is expended instead

Examples of Anaerobic Exercises

  • Resistance Training
  • Sprinting
  • Crossfit / HIIT

For anaerobic exercises in particular, it helps to build lean muscles which encourages the body to burn more calories even at rest.

Benefits of both Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercises

  • Help in weight management
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Strengthen joints
  • Boost bodily immune system
  • Manage or prevent chronic illnesses from developing

Note : 

- For all exercises to be effective, a wholesome diet consisting of the right portions of carbohydrates, protein and fats must be consumed.

- Before starting any form of exercises, it is always important to gauge individual fitness levels and gradually increase intensity as the body becomes stronger.

By : Alvin Ho

B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)



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