Aerobic Or Anaerobic?

We all could probably use a little more exercise. However, it proves more beneficial to work smarter, not harder. Improve your exercise routine by understanding how it affects your health and goals. Two words you might have heard before, but may not know, include “aerobic” and “anaerobic”. They describe the way your cells get energy via different types of exercise. Let’s go over them in a little more detail.

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At no point during your workout do you do a fully aerobic or anaerobic exercise. You will always use some combination of both forms.


Most of your cells prefer to use oxygen to produce energy. Aerobic exercise only uses this energy creation process. Theoretically, if you just did aerobic exercise you would never get fatigued. When you run long distances or stay on the elliptical for a long time, you mostly use aerobic energy production. This type of exercise improves your cardiovascular health.


You can associate anaerobic exercise with high intensity workouts. When oxygen doesn’t sufficiently fuel your cells, they resort to other methods of energy production. These methods produce waste that impedes your muscle contractions (fatigue). Anaerobic exercise helps you build more muscle and endure more strain on your muscles.


Apply this knowledge to your workouts. If you want equipment conducive to both of these types of workouts, Fitness In Motion can help. To find out more, give us a call at (512) 345-2333 for our Austin location or at (210) 828-4542.

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