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The Three As of Intensity: Active, Aerobic and Anaerobic

If you’re like the average American, you probably consider yourself an “active” individual. In fact, 2 out of 3 people claim that.

In actuality, however, only about 5% truly fit that label.

Contrary to what most people would think, it’s not just about how many times we hit the gym each week or even what we do when we’re there.

Being active is about movement as well as exercise. It’s the total sum of our activity - in other words, how much time we’re not sedentary.

Once we’ve understood this general principle, we can look at the three intensity levels of our total sum activity: Active, Aerobic and Anaerobic. While all are critical for our health, each creates distinctive changes in the body’s metabolism. When we understand how each of these intensity levels affects us, we can make better choices about our movement and exercise priorities.

Let’s break down these intensity level categories for a better look at their specific characteristics and impact.


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When Does Cardio Become Too Much of a Good Thing?

This post is Part 2 of the Mastering the Art of Stress and Recovery Series

What do you do for cardio? What do you think it adds to your exercise routine? To your health? In the fitness world, the terms aerobic training, cardio and endurance training are often used interchangeably. Although a professional triathlete would argue that his/her training is dramatically different than someone trying to lose his/her muffin top working on a stepmill, what we’re really referring to in both cases is aerobic activity. You may remember from The Three A’s of Intensity, aerobic exercise burns mainly fat for fuel and relies heavily on type I (slow twitch) muscle fibers. As part of a balanced fitness program, cardio has a lot to offer. When we rely on it too much, however, or pursue it to the exclusion of other kinds

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