Aerobic Exercise is prolonged moderate intensity exercise that uses up oxygen at a rate at or below the the level that cardio-respiratory system can replenish it. Examples are running, walking, cycling, and swimming. This type of exercise relies primarily on slow-twitch muscle fibers which have high numbers of mitochondria meaning they can produce ATP through aerobic respiration, in which ATP is formed through oxidative phosphorylation. This type of respiration can be sustained for very long periods of time, depending on the intensity of the activity and so is sometimes called endurance exercise or continuous exercise.
Develops cardio-respiratory fitness and is used to burn fat to achieve maximum definition, but can be highly catabolic if done in excess.
The term aerobic means with oxygen.
See also aerobic exercise
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