Have you ever wondered what happens to your body from exercise? Keep scrolling to find out.
We are talking about more than just the obvious here, of course. People exercise to get in better shape, strengthen their muscles and lower body fat. But what happens to your body from exercise beyond that?
This is where Max Posternak might be able to help us. Max Posternak is the founder of Gravity Transformation, a website focused on giving tips and training guidance for people looking to improve their fitness and lose weight. His YouTube channel has over 4 million subscribers.
He shared a video explaining what happens to your body from exercise. See his main arguments below.
What Happens To Your Body From Exercise?
Posternak explains that exercise will affect the brain, lungs, heart, stomach, liver, thyroid hormones and pretty much every cell in your body.
When working out, your body needs energy. Doing exercises will make your body cells, especially muscle cells, demand more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the only form of energy that your cells can use. Your body can create more energy through a process called glycolysis which transforms glucose into ATP. Glucose is a type of sugar in the body that comes, primarily, from the food you eat.
While exercising, your body cells will also demand more oxygen to keep working, which is why your lungs get very active and your heart rate goes up to deliver the oxygen and ATP to the cells that need it most.
But there is a limit your body can reach when demanding oxygen, known as the VO2 Max. VO2 max can be improved through cardiovascular training.
The higher your vo2max is, the fitter you tend to be and the better you’ll be able to perform exercises.
What happens to your body from exercise, especially to other body functions? That is one of the cons of exercising, although not terrible.
Since your muscle tissues are prioritised to receive extra oxygen and blood from the heart, other systems and functions of the body get pushed down in the hierarchy of importance. One clear example is digestion which will become impaired during exercise. That’s why you shouldn’t eat a heavy meal before working out. If you do, the food will likely cause discomfort, indigestion, gas, bloating and gas.
However, the brain receives an increase in blood flow during exercise which will make you more focused and alert by having your brain cells functioning at a higher level in three major areas:
- Hippocampus – crucial for learning and memory
- Hypothalamus – bodily functions such as temperature and regulation of water balance
- Pituitary gland – control centre of the brain, tells the body to secret growth hormones
Exercising also release endorphins, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid – the latter has tranquilising and anti-anxiety effects. You will have a bump up in serotonin, a neurotransmitter known for its role in mood and depression.
Posternak goes on to explain how muscle is broken down and how it heals up making it bigger and stronger, which is possibly the main reason why people exercise.
And that is what happens to your body from exercise. To have a fuller explanation of all the arguments presented above, click on the video that follows.
VIDEO – What Happens To Your Body From Exercise?
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