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Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise

Exercise is an important component to a healthy lifestyle. This should be something that you already know, but what you might not know is that type of exercise that you are getting is just as important as actually getting it. For a well rounded fitness level you have to do different types of exercise. Aerobic exercise along with anaerobic exercise is the best way to make sure you are getting all the exercise that you need. When it comes right down to it, aerobic exercise along with anaerobic exercise is a great combination. You are getting your heart rate pumping with the aerobic exercise, and strength building with the anaerobic exercise.

Before starting any exercise program, whether it be aerobic, anaerobic or a combination of both you should always consult your Doctor. Your Doctor has your full health history and will be able to tell you what kind of workouts or exercises are suitable and safe. Once you’ve consulted your Doctor to get an idea of what you’re able to do it’s a good idea to seek out a personal trainer. A trainer will be able to set up a program that includes a good combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise for you fitness level to reach your goals.

Aerobic exercise will help you to build heart and lung health and burn fat, while anaerobic exercise will help you build muscle. The importance of including both types of exercise in your workout program is to ensure that you’re strengthening both your cardiovascular system and your skeletal/muscular system. Anaerobic strength training will also help improve your metabolism to allow your body to burn more calories throughout the day and not just while you’re taking part in aerobic activity.

Exercise programs vary and can be tailored to suit your ability but also your time frame. One option would be to do aerobic exercise on certain days of the week and strength training on other days. This works well for people who are able to visit the gym regularly and have enough time to split their workouts. For others who are more strapped for time it’s a good idea to look into bootcamp style programs that combine cardio and strength into the same workout. Doing a bootcamp workout, which usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour, 3 times a week will give your body enough of both the aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Any type of exercise that you’re able to do is beneficial to your health but to create an optimal fitness level you need to include exercises that will strengthen your whole body, not just your muscles and not just your cardiovascular system. Many specialists will agree that finding an achievable combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise will give you the best full body results.

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