What happens to our body when we start walking? Most of us do not know the health benefits of minutes-walking. Here are they:-
- 1 to 5 Minutes: From our first few steps, our heart rate revs-up from about 70 to 100 beats per minute (bpm), boosting blood-flow and warming muscles. As we get moving, body burns 5 calories per minute, compared with only 1 per minute at rest. Body needs more fuel and starts pulling from its carbohydrates and fat stores.
- 6 to 10 Minutes: Heartbeat increases and you are burning up to 6 calories a minute as you 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.
- 11 to 20 Minutes: Body temperature keep rising, and you start to perspire as blood vessels near the skin expand to release heat. As your walk becomes brisker, you will be burning up to 7 calories a minute and breathing harder. Hormones such as epinephrine and glycogen rise to release fuel to the muscles.
- 21 to 45 Minutes: Feeling invigorated, you start to relax as your body releases tension. As more fat is burned, insulin (which helps store fat) drops-excellent news for anyone battling excess weight or diabetes.
- 46 to 60 Minutes: Your muscles feel fatigued as carbohydrates stores are reduced. As you cool down, your heart rate decreases and your breathing slows. You will be burning fewer calories but more than you were before you started. Your calorie burn will remain elevated for up to 1 hour.
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