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Have you ever wondered about the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise? What are the main distinctions, what are the different benefits, and what should you use more of for something like fat loss? Well, in this video we’re going to cover all that along with some actual exercise examples within each to help you answer the question which is better for you right now. Enjoy!
Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise Differences Overview (0:29)
Before we look at any specific benefits, we need to first have a general understanding of what each is. Aerobic translates to ‘with oxygen’, meaning any exercise within this category can be sufficiently fueled by breathing alone. As a good rule of thumb, if you can talk while doing an exercise, it’s generally aerobic.
Here’s a great heart rate calculator to determine your aerobic heart rate:
On the flip side, anaerobic means without oxygen. These are higher intensity exercises like lifting, circuit training, and anything where regular breathing alone is not enough to fuel the exercise.
What are the Different Fuel Sources Between Aerobic & Anaerobic? (2:20)
So what does this basic distinction mean for the benefits of each?. Well, during aerobic exercise, your body primarily draws from fat along with carbs to fuel movement. But when we kick into anaerobic exercise, our body can no longer burn fat for sufficient energy and looks more towards carbs, amino acids, and even lactate acid.
What are the Benefits of Each (3:20)
Now, this doesn’t mean that anaerobic exercise does not burn fat. Even though it doesn’t burn fat off as a primary source of energy, as you’ll discover, it has some long-term fat-burning benefits that are great for weight loss.
How to Pick Between the Two: Aerobic vs. Anaerobic (4:18)
So when it comes down to it, both types of exercise can have amazing benefits for any area of fitness. So the question really comes down to what is going to work better for your personality and schedule? Do you gravitate more towards shorter, high-intensity exercise or are you a fan of taking longer walks/hikes? That being said, there are some specific benefits to each that we’ll cover more in this video.
The General Overview (6:03)
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