What happens in your body when you move?

Do you know what happens in your body when you ride a bike for one hour? What are the quick wins of endurance exercise? Wondering between taking the stairs or the elevator? And why should you come to work by bike? Electrofit, which offers coaching services for endurance sports, together with its coaches gathered together facts and information about the benefits of exercise.





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What happens to your body when you ride a bike for one hour?

Quick benefits of endurance exercise:

  • Breathing and metabolism speed up, body temperature rises, and muscles get energy
  • The body's energy reserves are activated
  • Blood circulation, oxygen consumption, and muscle energy consumption increase
  • Cortisol, or the stress hormone, decreases, and it helps you relax

Longer-term benefits of endurance exercise:

  • Lowers blood pressure and improves the functioning of the respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Preventive effects on diseases of the respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Positive effects on mood and alertness
  • Endurance condition improves
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Walking up the stairs or taking the elevator?

Benefits of taking the stairs:

  • You consume 6.5 times as much energy compared to sitting
  • When you stand, the energy consumption is 1.5 times compared to sitting
  • The condition of the musculoskeletal system is strengthened
  • The muscle strength of the legs and middle body develops
  • Your metabolism benefits: walking up stairs is 2-3 times harder than walking on level ground
  • The condition of the respiratory and circulatory systems improves
  • Improved blood circulation prevents health problems
  • The ability to absorb oxygen develops

Warm subway seat or commuting to work by bike?

Health benefits of cycling to work:

  • Endurance condition improves
  • The condition of the musculoskeletal system improves
  • Leg muscle strength improves
  • Energy metabolism is enhanced, which helps in weight control
  • Endorphins are released, your mind is refreshed and you feel better both at work and in your free time
  • You will more easily reach the minimum amount of healthy exercise recommendations, which is 2.5 hours of exercise per week
  • Reduces the amount of sitting
More of one sport or a mix of different sports?

Benefits of versatility:

  • A diverse selection of sports brings variability and fun to what you do
  • The respiratory system receives a more versatile load efficiently
  • Different sports develop different fitness characteristics (endurance, speed, strength, coordination and mobility)
  • The load on different muscle groups is more manageable
  • You will be able to make better use of the different (weather) conditions
  • You get variety in training environments and training clubs
  • You will more easily reach health exercise recommendations
  • Different sports support each other

Benefits of one sport:

  • You get to make do a meaningful sport for yourself and develop in it
  • You have the opportunity to develop a certain fitness characteristic
  • Familiar routines and training locations help in maintaining regularity
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