April 13, 2014
Aerobic vs. Anaerobic: The key to fitness
No one can deny that exercising regularly is one major factor, aside from having a healthy meal plan and a reasonable biological clock, in prolonging life and sustaining stamina for daily activities. However, not all people acknowledge that exercising can actually be divided into two main types, including aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise, also known as "cardio", is "any activity that you can sustain for more than just a few minutes while your heart, lungs, and muscles work overtime" (Weil). In opposition to aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise is regarded to exercises that require intensive effort and dramatic muscle strength to pushes the human endurance to its limit in a short period of time. Thus, a triathlete or a marathon can be considered as some perfect examples for aerobic exercises while sprinting and weight lifting, on the other hand, are categorized to be anaerobic exercises. As being very similar in the way of exercising, aerobic and anaerobic do cause certain confusion for amateur trainee, leading to one's failure in achieving their fitness goals. Hence, in this writing, I would like to clear out this common confusion by stating the similarities and differences between aerobic and anaerobic.
Though it seems to be very different in the way people normally define aerobic and anaerobic, it is surprising that aerobic and anaerobic do share a couple similarities. The first feature that these fitness exercises both have in common is its benefits to trainee's health. If practicing correctly, both aerobic and anaerobic exercise can considerably improve one's health, especially reducing one's risk of heart problems and diabetes. A stronger heart pumping more blood with each beat, a greater stroke volume allowing the heart to work intensively,