To fully answer the question what is aerobic activity? I would need a thousand pages and probable a couple of years of my time. But I don’t have that sort of time on my hands, so…
I’ll keep it very brief!
We need to understand exactly the definition of aerobic, which will then lead us onto the differences in aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
From here, we’ll be in a better position to answer the question what is aerobic activity? This will lead naturally onto the importance of aerobic exercise for health related fitness, and why you should incorporate aerobic exercise routines into your healthy lifestyle.
Definition of Aerobic, and the Difference Between Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
The term Aerobic literally means with oxygen. So when you perform light to moderate intensity aerobic exercise, you require oxygen. Why? Because the oxygen you breathe reacts with your stores of carbohydrates and fats (and a little protein) that you consume through your food and produces energy for your muscles to work. These reactions take place very quickly and is called your aerobic respiration. Obviously you’ve noticed that your breathing increases in frequency and depth when your perform exercise. This is your body’s way of taking in oxygen at a greater rate to meet your energy demand.
Aerobic and anaerobic respiration differ as anaerobic respiration (meaning without oxygen) does not require oxygen to meet your energy demand.
Anaerobic respiration is used during very high intensity exercise, which generally lasts for a very short period of time. For example, during a quick sprint. You just wouldn’t be able to take in oxygen and convert energy quick enough through aerobic processes to meet the high intensity energy demands of anaerobic exercise.
So What Is Aerobic Activity And Why Should You Include Aerobic Exercise Routines In Your Lifestyle?
Aerobic activity is therefore any activity that uses aerobic respiration for energy production. That is, any activity that is of sufficient intensity to use oxygen to convert energy.
By definition, this is prolonged periods of low to moderate intensity exercise, as opposed to short periods of high intensity exercise that requires anaerobic respiration to convert energy.
The benefits of aerobic exercise are numerous. But as far as health related fitness goes, regular aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease your risk of contracting certain diseases and illnesses, such as some cancers, heart disease, and osteoporosis to name a just a few.
So if you think you are ready to start getting active and want to add a few aerobic exercise routines into your lifestyle then take a look at the list of aerobic activities for a few ideas, and see the free workout plans to get you started.
Remember that the benefits of health related fitness by far out-weigh the benefits of sitting on your backside all day and evening. So get up and get active!