What is an aerobic activity?
If someone were to come up and ask you to tell them the difference between aerobic activity and anaerobic activity, what would you say? Well, examples of anaerobic activity are sprinting, or anything that makes you lose your breath after a few minutes. Considering this clue, think of activities that you would label “aerobic.” Some common forms of aerobic exercise are activities like running, swimming, cardio, hiking, etc. Simply put, aerobic means “with oxygen.”
Oxygen is used by the body to burn fat into energy, which brings us back to aerobic, or “with oxygen.” This use of oxygen is improved by the body’s stimulation and strengthening of the heart and lungs through activities that maintain an increased heart rate for a length of time.
Here’s the science:
The goal of the body is to produce adenosine triphosphate, which is a basic energy-carrying molecule in cells. The body produces adenosine triphosphate (ADT) by converting fats and glucose through exercise, or “burning” fat.
It’s recommended to get at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity in every day. While the list of examples mentioned at the beginning might not suit your needs, here’s an extended list of activities you could try to get your heart rate up and work on your ADT production:
- Going for a walk
- Aerobics class
- Going for a bike ride
- Low-intensity fitness/dance classes
There are easier things you can do to remain active during the day, as well; playing outside, walking instead of driving when possible, parking at the back of a parking lot, taking the stairs, and many other small things that can aid in your body’s stimulating and strengthening of the heart and lungs. Remember to keep the intensity low for aerobic activity! The goal is to maintain the activity for a decent length of time and help your body in its conversion of fats into energy.