Most forms of sports consists of elements of aerobic ability. Simply speaking aerobics is the ability of an individual to sustain prolonged effort – and that gauges his or her fitness level. Basically, a sporting activity that lasts for 15 minutes or less cannot be called fully aerobic. This particular exercise utilizes our anaerobic metabolism, meaning the energy our bodies already store and is limited because of our sparse energy sources.

For example, if you are performing a 100m sprint you are working anaerobically, whereas if you are performing a long distance race you are working aerobically. Here your muscles are utilizing the oxygen for the combustion of fat and carbohydrates producing the required energy to move the body.

What Indicates Our Fitness Level?

Our ability to breathe easier indicates our fitness level – and this is our body’s most vital function. If we can acquire the skill to control this function, we can dramatically improve our levels of fitness. Oxygen is got from the air and is transmitted to our lungs which further flows through our blood and into our muscles. The more oxygen uptake we can achieve in the course of a specific exercise, lasting more than 15 minutes the better our aerobic fitness. This is measured as our maximal oxygen uptake or Vo2 max.


Research has indicated that aerobic fitness can be improved however is dependable upon sex. Males usually have a larger Vo2 max and this is because of the mass of muscle in the body. Statistically males have a higher mass than females.


Inactivity, high cholesterol levels, smoking, overweight, high blood pressure and diabetes are some factors that influence our aerobics fitness. In fact aerobics fitness is directly linked to our health. Here are some statistics that’ll make things more clear: one in five men and one in seven women die from heart disease in the UK per year. As per studies as little as half an hour of aerobic exercise such as walking, rowing or jogging three times a week can make patients 60 per cent less likely to die.