Aerobic Exercise vs Anaerobic Exercise

Aerobic Exercise vs Anaerobic Exercise

aerobic exercise versus anaerobic
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people go to the gym to do aerobics
thinking that they’re doing aerobics
when in fact they’re doing anaerobic
what do these words mean and
how does that impact us aerobic means
with air and anaerobic means without air
so when you exercise at a low intensity
then you can breathe enough air to
provide the oxygen to support your
metabolism once you start exercising
more intensely then you can’t breathe in
enough air to keep up so you’re
exercising sort of without air or
anaerobic and what that means is aerobic
as long as you can keep up your body
uses primarily fat for fuel it burns fat
and it can keep up but once you start
breathing harder once you start
exercising harder then you’re trying to
suck more air in because you can’t keep
up and now the body switches from
fat-burning to primarily sugar burning
and now as you’re breaking down sugar
you can get a little bit of fast energy
but at the cost of lactic acid so as
long as you’re burning fat you can keep
up you can keep doing it for a long long
time when you start using lactic acid
now your muscles start burning and you
can only keep it up for so long so the
fat burning you can keep up very long
the sugar burning you can’t keep up very
long so that’s the main difference
between aerobic and anaerobic so another
way to approach this is in terms of
stress and cholesterol so aerobic
exercise burning fat is a low stress
exercise and anaerobic burning sugar is
a high stress exercise and in terms of
cortisol the purpose of cortisol is to
provide more blood sugar so when you’re
falling behind on oxygen so you can’t
rely on fat now your body has to rely
more on sugar so it releases cortisol
the stress hormone so that you can raise
your blood sugar and produce more blood
sugar for that emergency fuel to break
down sugar and produce lactic acid so
from that perspective aerobic is a low
stress and anaerobic is a high stress so
how can you tell if you’re doing aerobic
or anaerobic exercise the simplest way
is to notice how you’re breathing if
you’re breathing relaxed if you can
breathe primarily through your nose if
you can exercise and maintain a
conversation you are doing aerobic
exercise you can breathe normally and
that breathing provides enough oxygen to
keep up with your metabolism once you
start panting once you start huffing and
puffing once you can’t speak a complete
sentence when you’re just kind of
stuttering simple single words then
you’re sucking in you’re trying to suck
more air in and that’s because you’re
falling behind so that’s a sure sign
that you’re moving into anaerobic you’re
moving into higher stress and you’re
switching more into burning sugar for
fuel another simple way is to get a
heart rate monitor and if you keep your
heart rate below 120 beats per minute in
most cases you will be burning aerobic
and if you can get up into the 130 140
now you’re probably anaerobic and if you
go to the gym to do aerobics then most
of those people their heart rates can
in the 140 to
160 range so they’re doing an aerobic
exercise and why does this matter
because you want to do aerobic exercise
for a long duration because it’s low
stress you can sustain it for a long
time without stress in your body or your
nervous system or your adrenal glands or
without creating sugar cravings aerobic
you could do for thirty to ninety
minutes or even longer if you like those
are things like walking or rollerblading
or a leisurely bike ride something you
can do for a long time an aerobic
exercise is not a bad thing but don’t do
it for a long time
anaerobic is for fitness it’s for
creating some good stress on the body
short-term so those you want to do as
intense as possible so look for future
videos on high-intensity interval
training and you want to do them less
than 10 minutes as little as five
minutes and you do them only in twenty
thirty second intervals so realize when
you go into the gym and you’re doing
aerobics for 30 40 minutes and your
heart rate is in the anaaerobic range
you’re actually creating a lot of
stress on your body so that may not be
the healthiest thing to do if you want
to get fit then it’s not a terrible
thing to do if you’re young and your
body can take some wear and tear it’s
not gonna kill you but if you’re having
some other stress in your life and
you’re looking to get healthy then you
do not want to do prolonged anaerobic
exercise so if you enjoy this sort of
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38 thoughts on “Aerobic Exercise vs Anaerobic Exercise

  1. There is a lot of confusion about what aerobic and anaerobic exercise is. If you do a google search you will see most people think aerobic exercise is a high intensity aerobic class and anaerobic is lifting weights. That is why I made this video to clear up the difference and to help you reach your health goal.

  2. Love your videos. You are the only one talking about how the brain and body benefits from being healthy. Keep the videos coming.

  3. Thx for explaining the diff…I run a lot and breathe through my nose mostly so must be doing aerobic. I like to see a video on the value of strength training via cardio training since especially since strength training improves bone density..I just don't do much of it except for push ups and pull ups

  4. I swim a mile comfortably (but without breaks) in 28 to 30 minutes. Would this be an aerobic exercise?
    And would full out sprints then be anaerobic?
    Thank you in advance.

  5. If you liked this video you will want to watch this video on High Intensity Interval Training HIIT

  6. Hi
    I woyld like to know if my cravings for sugar ( chocolate or sweet snacks) are related to the fact that when I train my heart beats are higher than 120 in average 156.

  7. Thank you! I’m an obese person who has been working out for 6 months, I recently picked up the pace by running (on the elliptical mostly), and my heart rate goes up to 188–it takes a while for it to return to normal. I appreciated this lesson as both a newbie “athlete” and biology teacher, and this helped tremendously. This will help my explanations of glycolysis, anaerobic and aerobic respiration, and provide students with a real world explanations. I’ve been spending too much time in the elliptical (15min/1mile), and it’s hard on my heart rate and blood sugar levels. Now, I know why. Thanks!

  8. Excellent vid, I thought I understood the difference, but I was wrong. Your explanation is clear and concise. Thank you.

  9. Many thanks for your excellent presentation, with its clear and slow articulation of the words, with good flexilibty in volume and pitch, which keeps us viewers and listeners connected.
    PS. There is an error in the written commentary at 6m 13 secs where your spoken words "… you do not want to do long anaerobic exercise … " have been written as "…you do not want to do prolonged and aerobic exercise" …

  10. This is by far the best explanation on youtube. The confusion goes back to the eighties where people went off to their local gym to do "Aerobics" a high intensity session for about a hour. At the end of it you find yourself sprawled on the floor gasping for air. In actual fact as Dr Ekberg points out they were actual doing an "Anaerobic" session.

  11. Hi I asked this question before so hoping you van help me please. I love resistance training or weight training as it is commonly called. I can be so stressed then do a weights session and feel on top of the world but now am wondering from a physiological viewpoint if I am doing more harm than good. As a 55 year old man 6 ft 1 200 pounds do not consider myself obese. I am a type 2 diabetic and really confused now…please can you offer some advice

  12. Dr. I have learned that people with cfs/me have impaired aerobic metabolism and in aerobic mode make CO2 which combined with water makes carbonic acid. A very toxic acid some believe responsible for PEM and very hard for the body to clear. Very brief, intense activity, anaerobic, yeilds lactic acid, does not lead to PEM and is much easier to clear. Please do a video about this. I love how clearly you explain things.

  13. But if you are on a Ketogenic Diet, and supposedly in Ketosis of course, when you do High Intensity Exercise, and raise the blood sugar levels, wouldn't that mean that you are kicking yourself OUT of Ketosis?

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