Low-intensity vs high-intensity training
Written on 25 April 2016, 08:33am
Tagged with: fitness
Low intensity (aerobic)
– low intensity means that you can still talk while doing it
– oxygen: enough. Your muscles have enough oxygen to produce all the energy they need to perform.
– in: more fats, less carbs
– out: CO2, water – These byproducts are easily expelled through the simple act of breathing.
High intensity (anaerobic)
– high intensity means that you cannot talk while exercising
– more explosive movements that require immediate energy reserves
– oxygen: not enough, so sugar (glycogen) is needed. When no more glycogen available, you hit the wall.
– in: more carbs, less fat
– out: CO2, water and lactate – which cannot be rapidly eliminated so stored in muscles. This is what causes that burning feeling in your muscles.
– Both aerobic and anaerobic exercises burn fat, but they burn it at different rates
– The faster you run, the more energy you burn (like a car on a highway)
– Anaerobic workouts tend to burn more calories from carbohydrates relative to fat
– Aerobic workouts tend to burn more calories from fat relative to carbohydrates.
– Although it is true that aerobic exercises burn more fat relative to carbs, high-intensity anaerobic exercises burn more total calories from both sources.
– Additionally, anaerobic workouts put your body into a period of post-exercise oxygen consumption, where you continue to burn calories at an accelerated rate for hours after you get home from the gym.
– Ideally, you should strike a balance between aerobic and anaerobic to develop a rounded workout routine.
Written by Dorin Moise (Published articles: 231)