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What is anaerobic exercise? Anaerobic exercise is just one form of exercise that focuses on building strength and muscle mass by focusing on high-intensity activities like sprinting, weight-lifting, climbing, and interval training. Anaerobic exercise utilizes the energy that is stored in your muscles rather than using oxygen. The term “anaerobic” literally translates to “without oxygen.” This is why anaerobic exercise lasts from a few seconds up to two minutes, after which point your body’s aerobic system starts up again. This is the direct opposite of aerobic exercise, which is moderate-intensity activity relying on the air you breathe for long periods of time.

 

It doesn’t feel good…

 

Given the choice between the two forms of exercise, most people would prefer to do aerobic exercises. These are arguably more fun, and since you can do them for longer periods of time can make you feel like you’re putting in a good workout. On the contrary, anaerobic exercise is what really pushes your body to its limits, strengthening the muscles that you hardly ever use outside a training room. A 300-meter sprint can lead to gasping for air, body cramps and burning sensations in your legs; however, this is the exact type of movement your body needs to use fast twitch muscle fibers, or Type II of the two types of skeletal muscle fibers.

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The first step to living a healthy lifestyle is regulating what you put into your body. It’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are “good for you.” Everyone remembers the food pyramid from grade school, right? For those 5 servings of each we have five fruits and five vegetables you should try to get the most nutrients.

Fruits

Blueberry

Blueberries are one of the most rewarding foods in regards to the health of your heart. They naturally contain no sodium, and are abundant in potassium and calcium. This coupled with the fact that they are super-rich in antioxidants means that blueberries not only help prevent heart disease, but also cancer.

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If you want it bad enough you’ll get it, but you have to really want it. That beach body you’ve always dreamed of but never worked hard enough for? It’s waiting for you, you just have to find ways to fit exercise into your daily routine and STAY MOTIVATED! Need ideas? These are our top 5 ways to stay on track with your workout routine and kiss excuses goodbye.

Switch it Up

Humans, though creatures of habit, get bored easily; sometimes, too easily — especially when it comes to exercise. To stay motivated and to achieve great results, switch up your daily workout routine. Try a new exercise every day, focusing on different parts of the body each day. Incorporate new workout music into your routine every week or two. Working out to the same beats can become as boring as running on the same treadmill day in and day out.

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Wondering what kind of workout is best to lose weight? If you’ve started to research what kind of exercises you should do to lose more fat you’ve probably come across terms like “aerobic” and “anaerobic.” You probably know aerobic exercises as “cardio” but may be wondering what anaerobic is all about. If you are aiming to reduce fat and increase overall fitness, aerobic and anaerobic exercises are both good for you. But what is the difference and how do they work together to get you into the best shape possible? Read on to find out.

Aerobic Exercise

Also known as “cardio,” most people associate exercise with aerobic exercise. The word “aerobic” means “relating to, involving, or requiring free oxygen.” Aerobic exercise is low-high intensity exercise that allows oxygen to meet the energy demands during this kind of exercise. Aerobic exercise can be sustained over long periods of time since the need for oxygen can be met. It burns fat as it uses fat as fuel while strengthening the heart and lungs. Common aerobic activities include running, swimming, and biking.

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Sugar substitutes can come in a variety of forms. They can be made from genetically engineered amino acids like in aspartame, or they can be extracted from the sugars within fruit, yielding products like sucrose. They can also be created from processed saccharides like in sugar alcohols or high fructose corn syrup. Even products extracted directly from plants can be used as sugar substitutes, such as honey or agave nectar. Regardless of what you choose, there are benefits and drawbacks associated with all kinds.

Benefits

Lower calories

The draw to using sugar substitutes lies in lowering the amount of calories one intakes on a daily basis. This is the mark of an artificial sweetener, as most have less than 3 calories per gram, some even boasting a calorie count of zero.

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“Get more exercise!” is a phrase you’ll hear from a lot of people who care about you, particularly healthcare professionals like physicians and even mental health counselors. You have probably heard this phrase as often as “eat your veggies” or “get more sleep;” but what many people aren’t aware of is that regular physical activity provides many ways of keeping fit. Here are our top 7 favorite benefits.

Weight loss

This is the most common reason people exercise. To counteract our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, exercise provides a means to burn calories. The more you exercise, the more calories you burn, and in turn, the more weight you can lose if you couple this with a healthy diet.

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