Aerobic Exercise vs Anaerobic Exercise

aerobic exercise versus anaerobic
exercise I’ll explain hey I’m dr. Ekberg with
wellness for life and if you’d like to get as healthy as possible by
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that you don’t miss anything so many people go to the gym to do aerobics
thinking that they’re doing aerobics when in fact they’re doing anaerobic
what do these words mean and how does that impact us aerobic means
with air and anaerobic means without air so when you exercise at a low intensity
then you can breathe enough air to provide the oxygen to support your
metabolism once you start exercising more intensely then you can’t breathe in
enough air to keep up so you’re exercising sort of without air or
anaerobic and what that means is aerobic as long as you can keep up your body
uses primarily fat for fuel it burns fat and it can keep up but once you start
breathing harder once you start exercising harder then you’re trying to
suck more air in because you can’t keep up and now the body switches from
fat-burning to primarily sugar burning and now as you’re breaking down sugar
you can get a little bit of fast energy but at the cost of lactic acid so as
long as you’re burning fat you can keep up you can keep doing it for a long long
time when you start using lactic acid now your muscles start burning and you
can only keep it up for so long so the fat burning you can keep up very long
the sugar burning you can’t keep up very long so that’s the main difference
between aerobic and anaerobic so another way to approach this is in terms of
stress and cholesterol so aerobic exercise burning fat is a low stress
exercise and anaerobic burning sugar is a high stress exercise and in terms of
cortisol the purpose of cortisol is to provide more blood sugar so when you’re
falling behind on oxygen so you can’t rely on fat now your body has to rely
more on sugar so it releases cortisol the stress hormone so that you can raise
your blood sugar and produce more blood sugar for that emergency fuel to break
down sugar and produce lactic acid so from that perspective aerobic is a low
stress and anaerobic is a high stress so how can you tell if you’re doing aerobic
or anaerobic exercise the simplest way is to notice how you’re breathing if
you’re breathing relaxed if you can breathe primarily through your nose if
you can exercise and maintain a conversation you are doing aerobic
exercise you can breathe normally and that breathing provides enough oxygen to
keep up with your metabolism once you start panting once you start huffing and
puffing once you can’t speak a complete sentence when you’re just kind of
stuttering simple single words then you’re sucking in you’re trying to suck
more air in and that’s because you’re falling behind so that’s a sure sign
that you’re moving into anaerobic you’re moving into higher stress and you’re
switching more into burning sugar for fuel another simple way is to get a
heart rate monitor and if you keep your heart rate below 120 beats per minute in
most cases you will be burning aerobic and if you can get up into the 130 140
range now you’re probably anaerobic and if you
go to the gym to do aerobics then most of those people their heart rates can
in the 140 to 160 range so they’re doing an aerobic
exercise and why does this matter because you want to do aerobic exercise
for a long duration because it’s low stress you can sustain it for a long
time without stress in your body or your nervous system or your adrenal glands or
without creating sugar cravings aerobic you could do for thirty to ninety
minutes or even longer if you like those are things like walking or rollerblading
or a leisurely bike ride something you can do for a long time an aerobic
exercise is not a bad thing but don’t do it for a long time
anaerobic is for fitness it’s for creating some good stress on the body
short-term so those you want to do as intense as possible so look for future
videos on high-intensity interval training and you want to do them less
than 10 minutes as little as five minutes and you do them only in twenty
thirty second intervals so realize when you go into the gym and you’re doing
aerobics for 30 40 minutes and your heart rate is in the anaaerobic range
you’re actually creating a lot of stress on your body so that may not be
the healthiest thing to do if you want to get fit then it’s not a terrible
thing to do if you’re young and your body can take some wear and tear it’s
not gonna kill you but if you’re having some other stress in your life and
you’re looking to get healthy then you do not want to do prolonged anaerobic
exercise so if you enjoy this sort of information of having things thoroughly
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Joseph Wolf


  1. There is a lot of confusion about what aerobic and anaerobic exercise is. If you do a google search you will see most people think aerobic exercise is a high intensity aerobic class and anaerobic is lifting weights. That is why I made this video to clear up the difference and to help you reach your health goal.

  2. Love your videos. You are the only one talking about how the brain and body benefits from being healthy. Keep the videos coming.

  3. Thx for explaining the diff…I run a lot and breathe through my nose mostly so must be doing aerobic. I like to see a video on the value of strength training via cardio training since especially since strength training improves bone density..I just don't do much of it except for push ups and pull ups

  4. I swim a mile comfortably (but without breaks) in 28 to 30 minutes. Would this be an aerobic exercise?
    And would full out sprints then be anaerobic?
    Thank you in advance.

  5. If you liked this video you will want to watch this video on High Intensity Interval Training HIIT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnGalC6fXl4&t=313s&index=20&list=PLpTTF6wMDLR40A3p4U39Yli8D1ARPaFva

  6. Hi
    I woyld like to know if my cravings for sugar ( chocolate or sweet snacks) are related to the fact that when I train my heart beats are higher than 120 in average 156.

  7. Thankyou for explaining this. I suffer from mental stress and will now stick to aerobic exercise.

  8. Thank you! I’m an obese person who has been working out for 6 months, I recently picked up the pace by running (on the elliptical mostly), and my heart rate goes up to 188–it takes a while for it to return to normal. I appreciated this lesson as both a newbie “athlete” and biology teacher, and this helped tremendously. This will help my explanations of glycolysis, anaerobic and aerobic respiration, and provide students with a real world explanations. I’ve been spending too much time in the elliptical (15min/1mile), and it’s hard on my heart rate and blood sugar levels. Now, I know why. Thanks!

  9. I am a kinesiology major and I am trying to improve my health.

  10. Excellent vid, I thought I understood the difference, but I was wrong. Your explanation is clear and concise. Thank you.

  11. So would a 5k run for about 20mins or just under 20mins be causing too much stress ?

  12. Exactly what I needed to hear! Getting stressed and the 'light headed'!

  13. Many thanks for your excellent presentation, with its clear and slow articulation of the words, with good flexilibty in volume and pitch, which keeps us viewers and listeners connected.
    PS. There is an error in the written commentary at 6m 13 secs where your spoken words "… you do not want to do long anaerobic exercise … " have been written as "…you do not want to do prolonged and aerobic exercise" …

  14. Best explanation. I personally got a lots of thing, Thank you very much.

  15. This is by far the best explanation on youtube. The confusion goes back to the eighties where people went off to their local gym to do "Aerobics" a high intensity session for about a hour. At the end of it you find yourself sprawled on the floor gasping for air. In actual fact as Dr Ekberg points out they were actual doing an "Anaerobic" session.

  16. Hi I asked this question before so hoping you van help me please. I love resistance training or weight training as it is commonly called. I can be so stressed then do a weights session and feel on top of the world but now am wondering from a physiological viewpoint if I am doing more harm than good. As a 55 year old man 6 ft 1 200 pounds do not consider myself obese. I am a type 2 diabetic and really confused now…please can you offer some advice

  17. Dr. I have learned that people with cfs/me have impaired aerobic metabolism and in aerobic mode make CO2 which combined with water makes carbonic acid. A very toxic acid some believe responsible for PEM and very hard for the body to clear. Very brief, intense activity, anaerobic, yeilds lactic acid, does not lead to PEM and is much easier to clear. Please do a video about this. I love how clearly you explain things.

  18. But if you are on a Ketogenic Diet, and supposedly in Ketosis of course, when you do High Intensity Exercise, and raise the blood sugar levels, wouldn't that mean that you are kicking yourself OUT of Ketosis?

  19. it's true, when I ride a bike with a lot of intensity after exercise I feel anxious and less resistant to stress after carrying weights I don't feel such negative effects I will add that I have a stressful period in my life, I always wondered why I feel bad after exercise since they write everywhere that sport is just health.Thank you Dr. Sten for clarifying and truth in a world full of misinformation

  20. Now I really understand the difference, your explanation are very clear and simple. Thank you 🙏❤️😊

  21. I really enjoy your videos, I am 60 years old and a bicycle racer, I train 250 miles a week at a fairly high level, on my easier days I do one meal a day, I am a harder days since I need sugar, I start off my ride fasted If there are taking Sugar as needed, what I would like to know is where is your advice for athletes that are trying to lower their body fat percentage.

  22. Depends what people do in the gym, lifting weights? then they rest between most sets giving them time to recover and also helps improve lactic thresh hold, which goes on to help aerobic fitness,

  23. Most incredible breakdown of exercise I've seen. I've completely changed my workout program thanks to your advice. Wish I found you sooner lol

  24. I have meniere's disease and dont do any exercise. Would getting a stationary bike good for me to exercise?

  25. I watch as many of your videos as time permits. It's been life changing. Your like the father I never had teaching me how to lead a happy life free from suffering. Your a modern day Buddha. Thanks.

  26. My anaerobic threshold is 78bpm. That’s about half what it should be for a person my age. Good video. Thank you.🌻

  27. Thank u so much for this. I have been dancing for more than two years and trying really hard to maintain my body weight.( doing IF: 16/8and calorie control) but I just couldn’t figure out why I am losing my muscle. I usually dance for about an hour and it made me huff and puff. Does it mean that I switched from aerobic exercise or anaerobic exercise?

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