ATP Energy Production & Exercising

Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is a highly intricate chemical compound that is formed during energy production. As the foods that we eat are metabolized, ATP is created and stored in all of the cells throughout our bodies. It is especially stored in our muscle cells. As ATP is broken down, our bodily cells are enabled to perform their duties. Besides the energy that is created, another chemical called ADP (Adenosine Diphosphate) is also.

For losing weight does that mean, a couple of things to you, especially if you’re trying to lose weight by exercising. It means that your body requires plenty of oxygen and that means that you need to concentrate on breathing deeply as you’re exercising. It also means that your body has to have a certain amount of time to recover from physical exertion. When you deplete your energy storages and create an oxygen debt, your body must undergo certain processes to rejuvenate itself. This takes time.

Adenosine Triphosphate is the primary chemical compound that fuels your ability to engage in physical activity. Without it, your muscles are unable to perform. Without Creatine Phosphate, oxygen, glucose and glycogen, your ATP levels would be depleted and unable to regenerate. Regular physical activity, a diet filled with nutrient-packed foods, plenty of fresh water and attentive deep breathing will all act in conjunction to optimize your energy production.

The 4 energy pathways

ATP is one of four energy pathways that enable our bodies to perform work of all types including athletics, walking or even just sleeping. Everything takes energy.

The other three energy pathways are:

ATP Production

The significance of lactic acid and oxygen debt

When ATP is formed by the process of anaerobic glycolysis, a compound called pyruvic acid is converted into lactic acid. Most of this lactic acid is then sent to the liver and converted back into either glycogen or glucose. This process requires plenty of oxygen. So, after the exertion has ended, oxygen is used to metabolize this lactic acid and replenish the ATP, CP and glycogen energy storages. This extra oxygen is also used to replace oxygen that had been borrowed from the myoglobin, hemoglobin, bodily fluids and even the air in the lungs. The amount of oxygen that must be delivered to replenish these systems is known as the oxygen debt.

So, to summarize, after physical exertion, the amount of oxygen used for the following is called the oxygen debt:

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