Some people think that you have to go to the gym every day to see results, however, a new study shows that just one workout can boost your metabolism for a couple of days. If getting in shape is your new year's resolution then this is just the news you needed.
The study was conducted by UT Southwestern Medical Center. The researchers were studying two types or neurons; POMC and NPY/AgRP. The study was conducted to learn the effects of exercise on the brain. The POMC neuron is linked to reduced appetite, lower blood glucose levels and increased energy burn. The NYP/AgRP neuron seems to increase appetite and slow down metabolism.
The scientists used mice for the experiment. For ten days, the mice followed various training regimens while the researchers measured their brain circuit activity. From the data collected, scientists were able to determine that one workout (consisting of three 20-minute treadmill runs) can boost the activity of POMC neurons and inhibit the counterpart NYP/AgRP neuron for as long as two days. Not only that but with each successive day, the positive effect on the neurons lasted longer.
“It doesn’t take much exercise to alter the activity of these neurons. Based on our results, we would predict that getting out and exercising even once in a semi-intense manner can reap benefits that can last for days,” said Kevin Williams, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at UT Southwestern, in a press release.
Another benefit they discovered was that one workout will make you feel less hungry for up to six hours due to the activated neurons. “This research is not just for improving fitness. A better understanding of neural links to exercise can potentially help a number of conditions affected by glucose regulation," Williams said.
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