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Aerobic exercise can include pretty much any physical activity, as long as you’re moving your large muscle groups continuously. But what does this mean in terms of what your body is actually doing?

Aerobic exercise is all about the utilization of oxygen in making energy to fuel the body. In fact, the term “aerobic” literally means “involving or requiring oxygen”. If there is plenty of oxygen available, your body produces energy using aerobic metabolism. If there is not enough oxygen available, your body produces energy using anaerobic metabolism. Aerobic metabolism is far more efficient than anaerobic metabolism.

For example, when you exercise at a moderate level of intensity—where you’re not short of breath and can still carry on a conversation—you’re providing enough oxygen to your muscles to create energy aerobically. So, by definition, you’re doing in aerobic exercise. When you exercise at a higher level of intensity—where you are significantly short of breath or can’t talk while exercising—you’re not providing enough oxygen to your muscles, so energy is created anaerobically. In this case, by definition, you’re doing anaerobic exercise.

The better your aerobic fitness, the more efficiently your body is able to transport and utilize oxygen. You will be able to do more with the same amount of oxygen.

Aerobic exercise is an essential part of the Olumia Life system because of its numerous benefits. These include improving insulin efficiency, a lower risk of heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and dementia. Aerobic exercise is substantially more effective when paired with the proper weight training regimen.

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