Chronic Kidney Disease Chapter 14

Taking Action


Anerobic vs Aerobic Exercise—What’s the Difference?

Anerobic exercise is brief (from a few seconds up to 2 minutes), strength-based activity. Examples are sprinting, jumping, and lifting weights. Any physical exercise or activity that lasts longer than 2 minutes develops a large aerobic component and is no longer strictly anerobic.

Anerobic means "without oxygen." Anerobic exercise triggers anerobic metabolism, defined as the creation of energy through the combustion of carbohydrates in the absence of oxygen. Anerobic metabolism occurs when the lungs can’t put enough oxygen into the bloodstream to keep up with the demands from your muscles for energy. Instead, your muscles use glycogen as fuel. READ MORE

Aerobic exercise is lower-intensity, endurance-type activity, such as running, long-distance cycling, and swimming, that maintains an increased heart rate over an extended period of time.

Aerobic means “with oxygen,” referring to the use of oxygen in the energy-generating process of your muscles. During aerobic activity, you repeatedly move large muscles in your arms, legs and hips. To provide them with energy, oxygen is used to “burn” fats and glucose in order to produce adenosine triphosphate, the basic energy carrier for all cells. LESS


Which Is Better for You, Anerobic or Aerobic Exercise?

To be really healthy, you need to do both anerobic and aerobic exercise. Many people are aware of at least some of the benefits of aerobic exercise (see “Top Ten Benefits of Aerobic Exercise”) but may not be aware of what anerobic exercise can do for you. READ MORE

One benefit of anerobic exercise is that it helps keep your muscles strong. This is especially important as you grow older and you naturally start losing muscle mass. Being stronger helps you to perform both everyday activities and aerobic exercise better. What’s more, muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat tissue and burns more calories, even when you’re not exercising. About 75% of the calories you burn each day are used when you are at rest, not when you are exercising, so burning more calories at rest is important.

Anerobic exercise can also help to keep your bones strong, which is very important for women at risk for osteoporosis. LESS

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