Re: i do not understand: exercise

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Thu Nov 16 2000 - 23:19:05 MST

Amara Graps wrote:
> Max, regarding your comment about less free radical formation:
> Isn't the net effect of regular exercise an overall reduction in one's
> body's tendency to accumulate junk (lactic acid, etc.) ? Regular exercise
> increases the oxygen turnover in your body, that is, the capacity of your
> body to oxidize substances that it doesn't need. I am puzzled what you
> mean by "far less free radical formation".

This is indeed the question... Doing heavy enough exercise will lead to
lactic acid formation, this is why sometimes your muscles get sore the
next day (weight training is a different story). To combat this, you should
not stop your exercise abrubtly; for instance if you are out running hard
then when you finish go walk around easily for 5 minutes. This will pump
most of the acid out of your cells.

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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