Ever wondered what happens to our body when we 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: Our first few steps trigger the release of energy-producing chemicals in your cells to fuel your walk. Our 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 us move more easily. As we get moving, our body burns 5 calories per minute, compared with only 1 per minute at rest. Our body needs more fuel and starts pulling from its carbohydrates and fat stores.
Minutes 6 to 10: Heartbeat increases and we’re burning up to 6 calories a minute as we 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: Our body temperature keeps rising, and we start to perspire as blood vessels near the skin expand to release heat. As our walk becomes brisker, we’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, we start to relax as our 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: Our muscles may feel fatigued as carbohydrates stores are reduced. As we cool down, our heart rate decreases and our breathing slows. We’ll be burning fewer calories but more than we were before we started. Our calorie burn will remain elevated for up to 1 hour.
All this happens without a single conscious thought from us – Our human body is amazing.
Walk / Exercise daily.
Have a Happy Walking..
Author – Rtr PP Rangeesh
Club – Rotaract Club of Patna City
RID – 3250