Ever wondered what happens to your body when you start walking?
Here's a minute-by-minute rundown of the amazing chain reaction walking and exercise has upon your body, it's truly amazing!
Minutes 1 to 5
Your first few steps trigger the release of energy-producing chemicals
in your cells to fuel your walk. Your heart rate revs-up from about 70
to 100 beats per minute (bpm), boosting blood-flow and warming muscles.
Any stiffness subsides as joints release lubricating fluid to help you
move more easily. As you get moving, your body burns 5 calories per
minute, compared with only 1 per minute at rest. Your body needs more
fuel and starts pulling from its carbohydrates and fat stores.
Minutes 6 to 10
Heartbeat increases and you're burning up to 6 calories a minute as you
pick up the pace. A slight rise in blood pressure is countered by the
release of chemicals that expand blood vessels, bringing more blood and
oxygen to working muscles.
Minutes 11 to 20
Your body temperature keeps rising, and you start to perspire as blood
vessels near the skin expand to release heat. As your walk becomes
brisker, you'll be burning up to 7 calories a minute and breathing
harder. Hormones such as epinephrine and glucagon rise to release fuel
to the muscles.
Minutes 21 to 45
Feeling invigorated, you start to relax as your body releases tension,
thanks in part to a dose of feel-good chemicals such as endorphins in
your brain. As more fat is burned, insulin (which helps store fat)
drops--excellent news for anyone battling excess weight or diabetes.
Minutes 46 to 60
Your muscles may feel fatigued as carbohydrates stores are reduced. As
you cool down, your heart rate decreases and your breathing slows.
You'll be burning fewer calories but more than you were before you
started. Your calorie burn will remain elevated for up to 1 hour.
All this happens without a single conscious thought from us - the human body is amazing.
Stay blessed -Stayfit
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