Have you ever seen the film fantastic voyage? This film revolves around a team of people who are shrunk in size and put inside a small submarine to try and repair damage to a scientist who has been assassinated.
This isn’t actually what this post is about, but do we actually know about the actual processes which are going on in our bodies when we do exercise, hopefully I’m going to try and shed some light on this subject. We know it makes us feel good and keeps depression at bay as well as other numerous ailments.
We know if we exercise it can fend off things like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. Which are all added bonuses but does it go deeper than that? If we were able to put on x-ray goggles and see what was going on what would we be able to see?
Well just recently a study has come to light, which may be able to answer these questions during the study the scientists found out how a fit body incinerates fat, and normalises blood sugar. During this particular research, they used something called a spectrometer to measures peoples blood.
This measures something called metabolites which you could say are the byproducts of exercise or metabolism. Initially they took blood samples from healthy adults with no known health problems, and a secondary group who had breathing problems as well as others with coronary artery problems the second group was unfit.
The two groups exercised for 10 minutes on either a stationary bike or a treadmill after which they had blood drawn, which was then analysed, as well as some blood which had been drawn from some runners who had completed a marathon in 2006.
Here is what they found after 10 minutes of exercise the people whom were deemed to be healthy and fit had huge changes within their blood as regards metabolic effects as did also the lesser fit group of people.
But it wasn’t so pronounced in the lesser fit group, but they did note. However, overall fat burning had been enhanced. The fit group of adults had a 100 percent increase in theirs. The lesser fit group had a 50 percent and lastly the marathon group had 10 times more.
So it would seem that exercise has a starting effect and overtime it becomes more accumulative overtime, perhaps this is why some people do struggle to lose weight because at times it can be a struggle to keep yourself motivated to do it, unless you really enjoyed doing it can be hard to keep it up.
As well as doing the initial research which was mentioned above, they injected some of the metabolic components into some muscle tissue which they took from mice to see what the effect would be, and to their surprise it started to have the same effect reacting with the muscle tissue.
One of the doctors has heeded some caution about this particular research saying it is early days as regards this, and it is very hard to measure all the metabolic factors, which go on in the body when we exercise. However, overall he says that the message is quite simple we are designed and supposed to move. However, though it does offer some really interesting insights into what goes on in our bodies when we do exercise.
It may be as time goes on, we will learn more about how exercise affects us at a cellular level which would be an even more fantastic voyage.
- If you are struggling to keep your exercise regime intact here a few tips that may be able to help you
- Write down what you do when you do it and the amount of time.Make sure that you put time aside for doing your routine and stick to it
- Use a timer if necessary which has a buzzer on it so you know that you have done the required amount
- If you find that you can’t find the motivation to exercise on your own get an exercise buddy or better still look for an e-mail buddy online
- Try to get past at least working out for a month if you do your more likely to stick with it than just a week or two
- Write down the reasons why you are doing it and either put them small cue cards that you carry around with you or print it out on sheets of a4 paper and put it in prominent places where you can see it
- Give yourself a pat on the back every time you complete your exercise routine or give yourself a small reward as long as it’s not fattening food, etc
- Make it fun you’re far more likely to keep it up if you are enjoying it, otherwise there may be a tendency to get bored
- Fire up your iPod research has found that when you exercise with music you tend to put more effort into it and work harder, which will make you feel even better
So there you are lots of great reasons to get moving and become less of a couch potato where that comes from I don’t know but that’s another post