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As little as 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week will add six years to your life!
March 16, 2017 / 505 Views
As You Work Out
Your lungs are getting stronger. When you do cardio, moderate-high intensity circuit or weight training, your brain sends signals to them to help you breathe faster and deeper, delivering extra oxygen to your working muscles.
Your motivation is at its peak. Thanks to a flood of endorphins (feel good hormone), which trigger the classic high feeling, you feel psyched and energized and ready to take on the day!
You’re fighting flab. During typical steady state cardio exercise, your body uses mainly fat for fuel and for HITT your body is still burning up fat throughout most of the day!
FIT TIP: Push yourself to go harder. The more intensely you do aerobic activity and the longer you do it, the more efficiently your body uses oxygen, and this boosts its fat-blasting power throughout your workout.
Within One Hour of Exercise
You’re protecting yourself against colds, flu, you name it. Exercise elevates your level of immunoglobulins, which are proteins that help bolster your immune system and ward off infection.
You’re feeling great. Mood-enhancing chemicals, like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, flood your brain for a couple of hours post-exercise and for up to a day if you’ve competed in an endurance event, like a marathon. Stress? What stress?
FIT TIP: Do intervals, on the elliptical or the treadmill or while running outdoors, and you may feel even happier. A recent study found that women who did interval training had a bigger boost in mood immediately following their workout than those who worked out at a steady pace.
You’re blasting calories, even at rest. “For every 100 calories you burn during your workout, you can expect to burn 15 calories after,” Bryant says. If you went on a three-mile run, you would torch about 300 calories, which could mean zapping an extra 45 later.
FIT TIP: To turbo-charge your calorie-incinerating quotient, strength-train at least twice a week. It will charge your metabolism so that you’ll continue to burn calories for up to 38 hours.
You’re hungry. Now that you’ve burned through your energy stores, your blood sugar levels are dropping. Just how low they go depends on how much you ate or drank before your workout and how long and intensely you exercised of course!
FIT TIP: If you exercised on an empty or almost-empty stomach, you’re probably feeling light-headed or even nauseated or headachy. Your immediate food fix: A high-carb nosh, like a banana will refuel you and kick-start your recovery. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water with your snack. Intense or long workouts can leave you dehydrated.
Stay tuned to our next blog for the Post-Workout Benefits of Exercise!