Friday is Fit Day

Posted 09/21/2012 | By HealthCorps

In order to be fit, you need to understand how to exercise and that includes understanding exercise terminology.  So each of the next few Friday’s will highlight exercise lingo.

Aerobic exercise is exercise that uses oxygen and raises your heart rate significantly, so that you are consistently improving your heart muscle, and burning calories effectively.

Anaerobic exercise is high intensity exercise usually performed for less than two minutes.  It requires phosphates and glycogen instead of oxygen for fuel.  Its purpose is to improve overall fitness levels and the ability to sustain aerobic exercise at higher intensities.

High impact activity is an exercise where both feet leave the ground simultaneously.  Examples include running, jumping jacks, jumping rope, dance aerobics, choreographed kickboxing.  This modality of exercise increases bone density because of the impact nature of the exercise.  It also conditions the heart because of the increased heart rate component.  It is credited with improving endurance, power, agility, and coordination.

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