Let’s face it, running is a great sport to burn some calories, get you in shape and build muscle and stamina. But have you ever analyzed what happens to your body when you run? Most people only know that when you start running regularly, various activities such as cleaning the house and climbing the stairs become easier, and they become happier due to the release of endorphins.
But, running is associated with a host of things and this article will educate you on what happens to your body during this exercise.
You feel a burst of power
In the first few minutes of your run, you will feel motivated and the only thing you’ll be thinking about is hitting the pavement or road even harder. Your muscles will start using the energy molecules you make from food, famously known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate), and the burst of power you could be feeling will be as a result of the conversion of ATP into ADP (adenosine diphosphate).
You feel the burn
In the first 90 seconds, your body will break down glycogen to unleash more ATP. Besides, the muscles will be forced to work harder to provide the fuel you need to keep running through a process known as anaerobic respiration, to give out lactic acid as a byproduct. check out the post right here to learn more about feeling the burn during running.
You breathe heavily
In the next few minutes, your heart will start beating faster and will direct blood from functions such as digestion that you don’t require at the moment, towards your muscles.
As you continue running, the biggest muscles of your body – your legs and the gluteus maximus will help control your gait, keep you upright and extend your hip joints to help you continue with the run.
Your butt and legs will kick in
Running puts pressure on your joints as well as your lower body. Within ten minutes of your run, the supply of ATP may not keep up with the demand especially if you have been slacking on exercise. And because you won’t be able to process oxygen fast, lactic acid will flood your body and you’ll start experiencing feelings of burn and pain.
Afterward, you feel awesome
Once you’ve completed the run, your heartbeat slows and the breathing rate returns to normal. Besides, your brain benefits from mood-elevating and regulating transmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins and you’ll feel great.