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Here, we Define Anaerobic Activity-Exercise, give examples of exercises and activities that have anaerobic value, discuss the differences between anaerobic and aerobic, and explain why both are needed.

Define Anaerobic Activity-Excercise

Aerobic simply means 'with air'.  When an exercise or activity is described as aerobic, it means the conditions allow your body to replenish the needed oxygen (air) to the muscles being exercised.  You can go to these pages to get more on Aerobic Exercise and Activity.  This page will focus on anaerobic exercise and activity.  Anaerobic means 'without air'.  When we say an exercise is anaerobic, it means the exercise is so strenuous it uses oxygen faster than your body can replenish it.

For total fitness, we need both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.  Both burn calories, reduce blood sugar, and are useful for weight loss.  Anaerobic exercise builds muscle and is needed so you can perform heavy jobs, like lifting things, running away from danger, take a steep hike, etc.  It also helps with the symptoms of some diseases (like arthritis and osteoporosis).  Some people use it to get that rugged, buff look, but I'm jealous of them.  Aerobic exercise is needed to strengthen heart, lungs, immunity, lower blood pressure, maintain good cellular health and help prevent or control major diseases (like diabetes, cancer, atherosclerosis, asthma, emphysema, sciatica, constipation, etc). 

Anaerobic Exercise:

Anaerobic exercise is any exercise that is very strenuous, lifting heavy weights, being the most popular.  Other anaerobic exercises include sprinting, climbing, long jump, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, squat thrusts, etc.

Anaerobic Exercise Equipment:

There are many types of anaerobic exercise equipment on the market at all price ranges.  Some examples of exercise equipment are dumb bells, free weights, home gyms, Bow Flex, thigh and abdominal workout equipment.  If you're on a really tight budget, you can buy bungee cords or medical tubing and make your own anaerobic exercise equipment.  Choosing The Right Exercise Apparel

Anaerobic Activity:

Almost all labor activity is anaerobic, including landscaping, carpentry, concrete work, plumbing, electrical, roofing, floor covering, loading trucks, etc.  Some recreational activities are also anaerobic, including gardening, steep hiking/climbing, some downhill skiing and snowboarding, bowling, archery, etc.

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