If you're considering starting an exercise regimen, all the
jargon you're likely to encounter can be intimidating. Should
your exercise be aerobic or anaerobic, isotonic or isometric?
What's a MET, and do you need to know your BMR and your
VO2 max? To ease any linguistic anxiety, here's a
quick review of some common exercise terms and concepts.
Exercise falls into two general categories: aerobic and
anaerobic. Aerobic exercise is muscle movement that uses oxygen
to burn both carbohydrates and fats to produce energy, while
anaerobic exercise is muscle movement that does not require
oxygen and only burns carbohydrates to produce energy.
In practice, aerobic exercise means activities such as walking,
bicycling or swimming that temporarily increase your heart rate
and respiration. Aerobic exercise (also known as cardiovascular
exercise) builds your endurance.
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