If you’ve waded into the ongoing debate about steady-state cardio vs. interval training only to wade back out again, we’ve got your back.
Aerobic exercise - exercise that uses up oxygen to produce energy - is often associated with long, slow cardio like jogging or cycling.
Anaerobic exercise, on the other hand, “is muscle movement that does not require oxygen and only burns carbohydrates to produce energy,” explain the editors of the Harvard Health Letter.
Because it doesn’t use up oxygen, anaerobic exercise can only be performed in short bursts of two minutes or less. Weight training falls into this category, along with cardio intervals like HIIT and Tabata.
Certainly there are benefits to both strategies - and training one way can actually help you perform better when you switch to the other.
We’ll show you how to get the best of both worlds - and why you need both kinds of training if you want to stay in top form: Continue reading