Not all exercises are created equal. Some movements work on specific muscle groups while others engage the whole body. Exercise can be either aerobic or anaerobic. Aerobic exercises are done for longer than a few minutes, such as running, swimming, or other cardio. Anaerobic exercises are done for short periods of time and require quick bursts of energy, such as weight lifting and sprinting.
For the best outcomes, both aerobic and anaerobic exercise is recommended for burning fat. Both of these exercises have specific benefits that can help you shed those pounds and keep them off long-term. They are recommended together and complement one another for the best results.
Aerobic exercise includes running, biking, swimming, brisk walking, and similar activities. It uses a steady supply of oxygen to exert energy over longer periods of time. This raises your heart rate and keeps it there, which builds cardiovascular endurance. As you work, your body is burning through fuel at a consistent rate, eventually running out of sugar and going for the fat cells. After about 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise, your body starts burning mainly fat.
Anaerobic exercise includes weight training, high-intensity intervals, and any exercise that requires quick bursts of energy. Check out these effective exercises you can try at home! While aerobic exercises build endurance, anaerobic training builds muscle strength. The more muscle the body has, the more calories it burns per second. Building more muscle is a sure-fire way to burn fat and helps prevent injuries by strengthening the joints.
Doing the same exercises can cause your body to ‘hit a wall’ in terms of developing strength. Eventually, our bodies adapt to the movement and become too comfortable, inhibiting progress. It’s important to switch up your exercises – this makes your body learn new things and challenges you both physically and mentally.
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