This is a fitness essay that explores the basic facts about the wonders of exercise. Why Miracles? Yes, unless you have lived in a cave, you have now heard how exercise can increase your vitality, reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses in addition to burning unwanted fats. Exercise can actually be a solution to your problems.
So what is it really about exercise that makes all these great benefits, especially when it comes to burning fat. To address this, let’s first look at the main source needed for movement and then look at how exercise uses that source.
Our Source of Strength
This mysterious resource we need to use just to move and stay alive is powerful. It is the foundation of everything we do. The source of energy given to your body comes from the food we eat, which falls into three categories: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. For these sources to act as energy, they must first be converted into the body’s means of metabolism, namely adenosine triphosphate or ATP.
Your body needs a continuous supply of ATP to perform any type of physical activity. It can get ADP from three sources. The first comes from the ADP stored in your muscles. The second source comes from a process called anaerobic metabolism that uses the carbs that are already in your body. A third and most important source of fat burning comes from a process known as aerobic metabolism (hence the name aerobic exercise) that uses carbs, fats, and oxygen to produce ATP.
Types of Exercise
As for exercise, they can be divided into two categories: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise (which means it requires free oxygen) are activities such as running, jogging, cycling, swimming or any activity that raises your heart rate over time. Aerobic exercise is also a common thought when someone says that you will start exercising.
So by doing aerobic exercise, you cause your body to start a beneficial process of aerobic metabolism. This process uses fat stored in your body as part of the necessary catalyst for aerobic body composition, thus initiating a much-needed form of fat burning. As long as you are in this situation, your body burns fat.
Anaerobic exercise on the other hand uses anaerobic metabolism, which is often used sparingly due to a lack of understanding of how it contributes to the fat burning process. Anaerobic exercise also known as resistance training can be defined as any exercise that should be used to move an external object. The first type of resistance training that comes to mind is weight lifting. However, the use of rubber bands and isometrics are also methods of resistance training.
So how does resistance training help you burn fat when anaerobic metabolism uses carbohydrates to create ATP?
The benefit actually comes after completing your resistance training and is related to your basal metabolic rate or BMR. BMR is the low calorie requirement needed to support health at rest and can carry a load of up to 70% of calories consumed. These values, however, vary, and they depend on such factors as genetics, gender, age, diet and exercise.
When resistance training plays a role in this process it is about your body weight. Losing weight burns more calories than your body fat. Resistance training builds as little weight as muscle and consequently increases your BMR. If you have ever seen the article “Burn Fat While You Are Sleeping” and the product does not include drugs then this applies to all of them.
So if you want to burn fat while you sleep, you need to do resistance exercises to build muscle mass.
In short, I hope this exercise article has enlightened you with some facts you may not have known. And given the importance of knowledge, we must remember that in our bulge war, knowledge will always be our greatest partner.