In our P.E. lessons, we are exploring the difference between aerobic and anaerobic training.
Aerobic training is any type of cardiovascular conditioning or "cardio". During cardiovascular conditioning, your breathing and heart rate increase for a sustained period of time. Examples include running or cycling.
Anaerobic exercises involve quick bursts of energy and are performed at maximum effort, such as sprinting.
During aerobic exercise, you breathe faster and deeper than when your heart rate is at rest. You’re maximising the amount of oxygen in the blood. Your heart rate goes up, increasing blood flow to the muscles and back to the lungs.
During anaerobic exercise, your body requires immediate energy. Your body relies on stored energy sources, rather than oxygen, to fuel itself. That includes breaking down glucose.
To explore the difference, we will look at distance running, including cross country and sprints to see how our body reacts differently.