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Plainfield Chiropractor Discusses Exercise

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic


There are two main types of exercise that people do for health and leisure. Aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise are both great for overall wellness, but they achieve to different goals.

Aerobic exercise is a calorie burning, sweat pitting and breath catching type of exercise. A good example of aerobic exercise is running, and a good rule of thumb to know if the exercise is aerobic is how much harder are you breathing compared to rest. A good aerobic exercise should have you breathing hard. Aerobic exercise strengthens the heart and the lungs.

Anaerobic exercise is not as much a workout on the heart and lungs like aerobic exercise but more so a workout on the musculoskeletal system. A good example of anaerobic exercise is weight lifting. A good rule of thumb to know if the exercise is anaerobic is if the exercise is stressful to a muscle group but you are still capable of catching your breath with ease after 30 seconds from doing the exercise.

Both exercises are equally important. Take the lymphatic system, most of our lymp fluid is pushed throughout our body via movement so aerobic exercise would be a great deterrent to stasis of lymp fluid. Want more calcium in the the skeletal system? Anaerobic weight bearing exercise is one of the best ways to store more calcium in bones.

Here at Plainfield Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, we always recommend to do both aerobic and anaerobic exercise to acheive maxmium wellness.