Exercise is a a pretty fabulous activity for improving the functioning of our bodies. It reduces stress, helps with weight loss, and can make other physical activities easier. It can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Exercise can also improve blood lipid profiles by lowering total cholesterol while elevating HDLs or the "good cholesterol". Resistance training can provide protection against sarcopenia (the loss of muscle mass that accompanies aging), osteoporosis, and type II diabetes.
But what I'd like to focus on today are the long term effects of exercise training on bioenergetic pathways, myofibers, the pulmonary system, the cardiovascular system, and blood composition.
As defined by the ACSM, bioenergetics refers to the body's ability to acquire, convert, store, and utilize energy. This is the system that uses ATP into ADP, and explains aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways.
And guess what? There are several improvements to this system thanks to exercise:
Ok, I'm just being fancy now. Myofibers are skeletal muscles, which means just about every major muscle one might use when exercising. Exercise causes two impressive effects on skeletal muscles:
The pulmonary system is the lungs.
This system refers to the heart and blood vessels throughout our body.
Thanks for reading, and happy running!
New to the Blog?