When I heard this information regarding getting healthier in 10 minutes some 18 months ago, I was alerted to put into practice myself and continued to research. Doctors and a number of personal trainers are using this form of exercise & getting great results.
We know exercise is the Fountain of Youth, and these days for many of us time is a very valuable commodity. We live in South East Queensland & close to home are many hills that I use for my daily exercise regime. After warming up first, I start with a brisk walk for 5 mins then run up one of the hills – initially it was for 10 mins, but now approximately 18 mins. I always finish with a good stretch.
What I have found is my lung capacity increased greatly, heart health improved along and my muscle mass index is in a good ratio for a person my age. The most exciting thing is my biological age has also come down. This form of exercise I do at least five days a week.
Everything is different when you train your body with short burst training, as shared above.
This extra oxygen is then used to release more energy, needed to meet the higher level of demand. Soon a point is reached when the body cannot breathe any faster or harder, and aerobic respiration alone cannot meet the enhanced energy demands.
During vigorous exercise the body needs a lot more energy. It gets this by breathing in deeper and faster and rushing the oxygen to the muscles also dilating blood vessels. So how do muscle cells get the extra energy they need? They get it by respiring anaerobically.
The Key to Fat Burning is an Oxygen Debt
During anaerobic metabolism, the breakdown of glucose stops at an early point, producing lactic acid and two molecules of ATP. This anaerobic metabolism produces what’s called an oxygen debt. This debt is repaid later when oxygen becomes available.
When a skeletal muscle is heavily worked, the acute soreness that results is due partly to a build up of lactic acid. The presence of lactic acid can also be felt during exercise as a burning sensation in the muscles.
When you do short bursts of more intense exercise your body builds up this oxygen debt and continues to repay it after you’ve stopped the exercise. This process leads the body to burn off quick fuel sources such as fat deposits. At the same time the body automatically realizes it needs to build larger more powerful muscles to handle these quick intense bursts of exercise.
If you want proof that short burst exercise leads to lean powerful muscles as opposed to the shrunken muscles of long duration exercisers just look at the physique of a sprint runner in comparison to the marathon runner’s legs.This all makes sense because our bodies weren’t created to do long duration exercise.
Think back to cave man days. Whether man was hunting or avoiding being the hunted he needed to move quick and with great intensity. Humans needed the kind of strength and endurance to climb up a tree or make a dash toward it’s prey. A sprint runner trains by doing short intense bursts of short runs, so he or she can build up strength and endurance.Do you think these people ever needed to slowly jog for an hour? Of course not. Our bodies just aren’t built for that.
I will continue to bring you more information in the coming weeks about stretching and how it keeps muscle mass toned and strong.
Here’s to remaining simply beautiful!