The Aerobic Energy System

The Aerobic Energy System

Low intensity – longer duration

Aerobic means with oxygen. For our purposes here, the aerobic energy system can be defined as burning fuel with oxygen. Your body burns stored fats and stored sugar in the presence of oxygen. An automobile uses a mixture of gasoline and oxygen as its fuel. Similarly, when the body is in the aerobic mode, it uses oxygen in the mixture as well. The aerobic system runs at a turtle’s pace – slow to moderate. The heart rate, on average, is between 127 and 130 beats per minute (bpm); however, a better indicator for aerobic exercise is how the person is breathing. A simple way of knowing when you are in the aerobic energy burning state is that you will be able to speak without the need to take gasping breaths during sentences. In other words, you won’t be huffing and puffing for air. With this system, you begin to burn fat after 30 minutes of exercise, after burning off the body’s “limited” sugar supply.

There are several negative things you can do to nullify the benefits of aerobic exercise. such as poor sleep, high stress and/or the wrong foods. For example, a person could work out for a certain period of time, but because of what they ate or because they didn’t sleep or had too much stress, the actual benefit was zero.

The aerobic energy system is involved in burning fat fuel during exercise and slightly after. The other type of exercise, which will be covered tomorrow, burns fat after bouts of exercise.

Examples of low to moderate activity that would utilize the aerobic energy system include walking, mild treadmill, biking, light jogging, light swimming, light cross-country skiing and other activities where the required heart rate is maintained.

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