What is Sole Fitness?

What is Sole Fitness?

Sole Fitness relates to the company’s long established tradition of designing and manufacturing aids for getting fit – it has nothing to do with the bottoms of our feet 0r the health of a fish 😆 .

Aerobic vs Anaerobic Fitness Training. 

Getting fit can involve the two terms Aerobic and Anaerobic and they relate to the process the body performs which we call respiration.  Breathing (inhaling air, exhaling Carbon dioxide) is very closely related to them. The terms Aerobic [air-roh-bik] – means with oxygen, and Anaerobic – means without oxygen, are mentioned in fitness circles but what is written sometimes makes it clear that the writer does not really know what they mean or what the difference between them is.

Aren’t we getting a little technical here my friend??

Well yes, but it is all about what is happening to your body when you exercise. If it’s not your scene just click on the link below the photograph (-:

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So without getting toooo technical, let’s show you how Aerobic and Anaerobic respiration are different and how they relate to getting us to our best fitness levels, before we relate them to exercising on an elliptical machine.

Sole Fitness with Aerobic Respiration.

It is a well known scientific fact that to exercise our bodies we need to mobilize the energy resources we have stored in our body’s so our muscles can work.  Body Fat is our primary energy source, also known as adipose tissue. Glycogen is the secondary source of our body’s energy, or if you like our body’s fuel.

Now oxygen is required for the process used to mobilize the fat and the process is broadly referred to as aerobic respiration. When there is enough oxygen available for this process, all is well and aerobic respiration proceeds. The waste products of this energy usage are Carbon Dioxide and Water (CO2 and H2O), and these are easily expelled from our bodies  – this is what we exhale or breathe out.

What Happens When We Exercise on our Sole Fitness e95 Elliptical Machine

When we jump on our home fitness equipment like the Sole e95 Elliptical machine and start going through our fitness program, all is good at first and we are quite comfortable, but as we proceed we start to sweat, we start to breath harder, our heart rate increases and basically we start to make our body’s and our muscles “work”.

What is happening is more and more energy is required by our body to allow our muscles to perform the exercise that we are undertaking. This means more fat is mobilized which requires more oxygen, so we breath harder to supply the oxygen required – make sense ?.

[As an aside you can appreciate what is happening here: fat is being converted to energy so is being used up, the heart has to work harder to get the blood containing the oxygen to cells, so in the process we are losing weight, exercising our bodies, increasing our fitness level and starting to add some more muscle – all good stuff!]

Now if we really get stuck into our Sole fitness exercise routine, and we increase the incline and resistance on the elliptical machine, more and more energy is required, so more and more oxygen is required, so we breath harder and harder. We are on our way to getting me and you fit.

At some stage our muscles require more oxygen for energy conversion than we can be delivered to the cells. When this happens our clever bodies start to respire anaerobically – you’ll remember this is called Anaerobic Respiration because oxygen is not used in this process.  The stage or time when anaerobic respiration kicks in depends on how fit our muscles (we) are.

For a marathon runner it would take a lot longer to get to the anaerobic part than for a person who may be just starting out on a get fit program.

Anaerobic respiration can be a characteristic of activities like weight lifting, resistance training, high intensity interval training and most athletic events like marathons that require best fitness.

The table below shows the percentage of effort and the relationship between Aerobic and Anaerobic respiration and age.  Along the top of the chart is the age and down the side in heart beats per minute is the capacity of the heart. So if we look at the chart, we can see that at 80% of effort we move into the anaerobic phase.

We can also see that the the average, safe maximum heart rate for a 20 year old is 160. In contrast the average safe heart rate for a 70 year old is 120. Remember these figures are just averages and will depend on the level of fitness of the individual – whether the individual is running fit or started into just fitness.


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So What Happens With Anaerobic Respiration?

To carry out the high work load that is required of the muscles, the energy demands of the muscles exceeds the oxygen quantity that is available to help create the energy. But to maintain the high energy levels required, the body still needs to mobilize fat or glycogen, so how does it do this?

The body uses a different pathway that doesn’t use oxygen, and so instead of the waste being CO2 and water, the body produces something called Lactic acid. Lactic acid is harder to get rid of than CO2 and H2O and takes longer. So with Anaerobic respiration we build up what is referred to as an “oxygen debt” – which is equivalent the amount of lactic acid present in our muscles, that at some stage our body needs to get rid of because lactic acid can be damaging to our muscles.

If the intensity of our workout is not managed, and the anaerobic respiration continues, lactic acid continues to accumulate in our body and we expose ourselves to the risk of extreme fatigue to the extent that we can damage our muscle tissue – definitely not a good place to be!

So if we are unfit and we take on too much exercise too quickly we will not be on the road to best fitness, but the one of fatigue and muscle damage

This is where athletes like long distance runners,  or those whose events take a long time to complete and that are physically demanding, have to manage things very carefully. Too much lactic acid build up too early in the race can be disastrous because the lactic acid is not easy to breakdown, and too much lactic acid in the blood stream and muscle can lead to muscle damage as well as other bad side effects.

What Is “Oxygen Debt” on your Sole Fitness Elliptical?

I mentioned “Oxygen Debt”. For a large oxygen debt the medical term is Acidosis when we have too much lactic acid in our system.

So as in life we need to pay off our financial debt, so after exercise we need to pay off this oxygen debt and this is done by significantly reduced activity or resting. During this period of rest or much reduced activity, there is an increase in oxygen that is available to our cells so our bodies can break down the lactic acid and it is passed out of our bodies in our pee.

Phew!! That was heavy stuff man! But I guess I did learn something.

Yes, sorry about that, but I’m glad you did learn something, our bodies are pretty incredible eh!

What Are The Benefits of Aerobic Exercise?

  • Weight Loss because it “burns” fat
  • Improve effectiveness of cardio-vascular system (heart and blood circulation)
  • Boost immune system
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Reduce risks associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Improve bone density and joint flexibilitySole Fitness, cardio fitness

 What Are The Benefits of Anaerobic Exercise ?

  • All of the above Plus:
  • Builds muscle
  • Increases bone density
  • Reduces body fat
  • Increase metabolic rate

What Does All This Mean for our Sole Fitness Elliptical Training ?

So obviously entering into the area of anaerobic respiration you are at the “far end” of the respiration phase, so it will occur at the end of a hard workout on your elliptical and get you fit.

In general terms, most of us would be operating in the realms of the aerobic phase, perhaps some anaerobic , although this will depend on our level of fitness.

My personal opinion is that a good aerobic workout is all that you will need. I mean the body doesn’t suddenly go from aerobic respiration to anaerobic respiration, there is a gradual change from one to the other. So after an elliptical machine workout where you have just upped your workout routine, you may feel your muscles being a bit tender or sore. This is caused by a mild lactic acid build up. But a balanced program of exercise and rest will get you fit.

Well That’s It!

What I have written here won’t interest everybody, but I hope some of you found this discussion on Sole fitness interesting.

It is always good to know what is going on when you exercise and to realize that the “bull at a gate” approach, or doing too much too soon, with your workout routines is not a good idea. That is one of the reasons why I like the workout the Elliptical Trainer gives you.  It can be more easily managed and more gradual in application both in terms of elliptical settings and time taken. Just remember that doing too much too soon on any piece of exercise equipment can have more serious and permanent impacts than just muscle or joint strains.

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