What is aerobic metabolism?
Aerobic metabolism is the process of creating energy by breaking down carbohydrates, amino acids (the building blocks of protein), and fats, using oxygen. It's the main way our bodies produce energy during prolonged, low to moderate intensity activities such as jogging, cycling or swimming at a steady pace.
Aerobic metabolism is a more efficient way to produce energy, as it generates more Adenosine Triphosphate, ATP (energy molecules) for each molecule of glucose or fat burned. Aerobic metabolism takes place in the mitochondria of the cells and is responsible for the majority of the body's energy production.
On the other hand, anaerobic metabolism occurs in the absence of oxygen, and is associated with explosive physical efforts such as sprinting.