01 Nov Aerobic and Anaerobic Capacity
When dealing with exercise, aerobic is a word one hears often, but in many cases, does not fully understand. The difference between aerobic and anaerobic has to do with one component: oxygen. Aerobic exercise involves motions that require oxygen to complete, like fatburning workouts and riding a bike, whereas Anaerobic exercise involves motions that do not require additional oxygen production, such as weightlifting.
A study was conducted to determine the effects of cryotherapy on aerobic and anaerobic capacities. What they found was that cold has a complex influence on the human body. The body responds to cold stimulus through changes in the endocrine system, circulatory system, neuromuscular system, and immunological system. Therefore, while no direct link between cold therapy and aerobic capacity can be found, the body is still dramatically impacted by the influence of a cold stimulus. The cryotherapy rejuvenates the body, allowing it to perform more strenuous exercises, which utilizes aerobic capacity.
On the other hand, the study found that cryotherapy does in fact, cause a significant increase in anaerobic power in men, specifically. This is most likely due to the cold temperatures limiting oxygen, and therefore allowing the body to function without excess amounts of it. This conditions the body to be able to work without excess oxygen, as it does during anaerobic exercises.
Therefore, cryotherapy aids with many different systems within the body, and can allow it to transform and adapt to various situations in order to continue working hard, despite changes in oxygen level.