At one point in my college career I had decided to be a physical education teacher. I was going to get my associate degree from a smaller college and then go finish out at a larger college/university. I did do that but did not finish with a phys ed degree. This topic of Aerobic vs. Anaerobic exercises is the one of the few lectures I remember under that degree plan.
We hear the arguments behind each of the two words but what are Aerobic or Anaerobic exercises?
Aerobic exercise allows oxygen to be taken into the body to replenish the body's use.
Anaerobic exercise does not allow oxygen to be taken in and uses what the muscles already have.
This is how we will be able to tell what exercise is either aerobic or anaerobic.
Now that we know what is what. Which one is better?? This depends on who you are but my opinion is that both are needed for an efficient workout program.
Aerobic Exercises include:
- light weight lifting
**this type is used at lower levels of intensity for longer periods of time**
Anaerobic Exercises include:
- moderate to heavy weight lifting
- Sports that use this type: Baseball, Football, Basketball, field events, etc.
**this type is used at higher levels of intensity for shorter periods of time**
So, what if we want to incorporate both into our workouts to get the most out of our body? Use cross training. Start walking and/or jogging and interval sprints every 60 seconds. Start to lift weights with resistance mixed in with lower weight and higher tempo. Don't be afraid to mix things up. Once your body gets use to what you are doing - change seems impossible.
1. 1 3/4 cup of Raisin Bran Cereal
2. 1 cup of coffee
3. oven roasted chicken sandwich w/cheese and mayo on whole grain bread
5. 60+ oz of water
6. grilled chicken on salad w/all the veggies
7. 2 white chip mac nut cookies
8. 12 oz sprite
10. Smoothie - look for ingredients on Feb 3rd. (post-workout)
- Treadmill - 4.20 I had a great workout.
Miles til Goal: 941.57