Exercising at your anaerobic threshold has many benefits for improving your fitness level, building strength and losing weight. The anaerobic threshold is the point during physical activity where you become winded, you can no longer speak clearly, and you feel your heartbeat racing and your muscles becoming fatigued. Anaerobic literally means ‘without oxygen’ and once this threshold has been reached, the body can no longer supply sufficient oxygen to the muscles without some period of rest. Your anaerobic threshold can be improved and extended with time and consistent exercise, and reaching this point during your routine is optimal for weight loss.
There are many different ways to exercise, and all have significant benefits to improving health and losing weight. Interval training is perhaps the most common type of training that takes advantage of your anaerobic threshold. During this type of workout, you will exercise below your anaerobic threshold for a period of a few to several minutes, then increase speed to extend beyond your peak for 1 to 2 minutes, then return to a slower speed to allow the muscles a period of rest. This rest period helps to increase the energy, rebuild oxygen supply and restore performance of your body. This, in turn, encourages your anaerobic threshold to extend. Because of this process, you’ll burn more calories during a workout, since you have the ability to exercise for longer periods of time without becoming fatigued.
The point just before you reach your anaerobic threshold is the point at which the most calories are burned. It has been proven that one of the best ways to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Calories can be burned in many ways, but some are difficult and exhausting, especially if you are overweight or of a lower fitness level. Exercising at or just below your anaerobic threshold will not only improve your endurance for future workouts, but will also burn those calories with less discomfort. Your metabolism will also increase with this method, allowing your body to burn more calories on a day to day basis, due to your improvement in physical fitness.
Losing 10 Pounds
Depending upon your health, weight, physical strength and dietary lifestyle, losing 10 lbs by exercising at your anaerobic threshold can be a choice method for meeting this goal. Consistency is key since anaerobic training will improve your strength and overall health, allowing weight loss to continue until your body is at peak health. Upon beginning this type of program, you could see an immediate shift in body weight as your body is adjusting to new movements, increased oxygen levels and added strength to muscles, joints and ligaments. With continuation of a consistent workout plan, you could see weight loss at a rate of 5 to 10 lbs per month or more, as endurance and performance increase, and your anaerobic threshold improves.