Advertisement
question

What's the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise?

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
answer
Aerobic exercise is exercise that requires oxygen to full the work due to the length of activity. Generally speaking any activities greater than 60 seconds in duration require oxygen to continue to burn carbohydrates or fat as fuel source. Anaerobic exercise would be any activities that do not require oxygen to continue to use fuel sources because they are short in duration generally less than 60 seconds. Examples of aerobic exercise would be jogging, running a marathon, or hiking. Examples of anaerobic exercise would include weight lifting, throwing a baseball, or a 100 meter sprint.
HealthCorps
HealthCorps
answer
Aerobic exercise includes rhythmic activities that use a lot of oxygen and large muscles over a period of time, such as jogging, swimming and riding a bike. Anaerobic exercise, on the other hand, does not use oxygen to generate energy. The exercises include intense, short bursts of activity that make the muscles work hard, such as sprinting and lifting weights.

Continue Learning about Cardio

What happens to the body during the aerobic phase of a workout?
What happens to the body during the aerobic phase of a workout? During the aerobic phase of a workou...
More Answers
How does aerobic exercise affect the respiratory system?
During aerobic exercise, when you increase your activity level and work your large muscle groups, yo...
More Answers
How do I get started with cardio exercise?
Learn more from our experts on how to get started with cardio (cardiovascular) exercise.
More Answers
What is Zumba?
Movement is an important part of getting and staying healthy. Learn more from our experts about Zumb...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.