March 12, 2019 – By: Jessica Verno, Exercise Physiologist,
Chestnut Ridge Physical Therapy
Aerobic Exercise vs. Strength Training
Aerobic exercise is a type of exercise of low to high intensity that primarily uses the aerobic energy-generating process. “Aerobic” means “relating to, involving, or requiring oxygen”, and refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands during exercise via aerobic metabolism (ACSM). A few types of aerobic exercises may include the treadmill, rower, elliptical or even walking at a brisk pace.
Strength training is a type of exercise specializing in the use of resistance to promote muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles (ACSM). Strength exercises could include lunges, squats, shoulder presses, push-ups or bicep curls to name a few!
So what type of exercise should you do?? BOTH!
Strength exercises and aerobic exercises can be split between different days or they can be completed in small bouts each day that you come to the gym!
Challenge YOUrself to get more physically fit in 2019.
Make a game plan and do it for YOU.
YOU owe it to yourself!