Cardiovascular Fitness has two main elements - Aerobic and Anaerobic Conditioning. A breakdown of these two very important elements include:
Aerobic conditioning is defined as one's ability to take in, deliver and use oxygen. Improvement in aerobic conditioning occurs when your body is exposed to a prolonged increase in oxygen uptake and metabolism. One must work at a certain level of effort in order to stimulate the body. Once improvement has occurred, the work must be made progressively harder to force further improvement. Therefore, the name of the game is overload and progression. More On Aerobic Conditioning
Your anaerobic conditioning is your ability to perform at a rate faster than can be met by the incoming oxygen. If you are in good condition and are exercising or playing below a certain level of intensity, your energy requirements can be met by your aerobic system. When you pick up the pace to defeat your opponent and your body cannot meet the immediate demands for more energy with the available oxygen, your body must get its energy from the anaerobic systems. At this point, you are in "oxygen debt" which will be "paid back" later. More On Anaerobic Conditioning
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