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2 Minutes 22 Seconds to Simplify Anaerobic and Aerobic Exercises

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Have you read fitness blogs that mention words like Aerobic and Anaerobic without understanding what they were?


Did a fitness or martial arts trainer use these words which you failed to understand?

Today, we will simplify these terms. It's a promise.

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The word Aerobic means occurring only in the presence of oxygen.

Aerobic Exercises called "Cardio "involve conditioning the heart through activities usually lasting more than a few minutes (say 10 minutes or more).

Example: Running or Swimming,


When we put "an" before a word, it denotes "in the absence of."

Thus Anaerobic means in the absence of oxygen.

Anaerobic Exercises focus more on Strength and Flexibility and involve sudden bursts of energy with maximum effort.

Example: Sprinting or Weight lifting.

During Aerobic exercises, oxygen is the primary energy source energy
During Anaerobic exercise, the body uses stored energy sources (glucose) rather than oxygen.

Which is Better?

  • If you are new to exercises, start with Aerobics and develop some endurance.

  • Both help with weight loss

  • Aerobic improves immunity and strengthens the heart

  • Anaerobic helps strengthen muscles and bones and may speed up the fat burn.

  • Anaerobic increases our VO2 Max. (Simplified Here)

Let's do a Quick Test.

Are these Aerobic or Anaerobic?

Exercise: Non-Stop Kicks

Answer: In the Video

Video: Cycling

The Fitness Simplified series will simplify complex seeming subjects, so the next time someone asks, you'll understand the question even if you don't have the answer. :)

What is the next complicated word you want us to break down? Shoot in the comment section.


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