The Basics of Anaerobic Exercise

by Lisa Marie Mercer

The terms aerobic and anaerobic refer to energy pathways utilized during exercise.

Since aerobic exercise is the more efficient fat burner, many people assume that it is most effective for weight loss.

This is only partially true. Consider these basic facts of exercise physiology:

Training Zones

Your heart rate helps you determine the intensity of your workout. To find your target heart rate, subtract your age from the number 220, and calculate 60 to 85 percent of that number.

Examples of Anaerobic Exercise

Sprinting, hill, training, plyometric exercises and strength training are examples of anaerobic training. Integrate these tools into your workout by:


Adding anerobic intervals to your aerobic workouts improves your body’s ability to consume oxygen during a workout, while increasing your overall strength and speed. The strength developed from anaerobic training revs up your post-workout metabolic rate, triggering your body to burn more calories while at rest.

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