EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption)

  • Easy Exercises with the Inogen One G4

    One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that is also one of the hardest to stick to is the focus on being healthier and more active. When you’re prescribed oxygen therapy it’s common to believe you will no longer be able to exercise which, often times, is not the case.

    Staying active when you have been diagnosed with COPD is a great way to stay on top of your health. What’s more, working out with an oxygen concentrator has incredible health benefits aside from providing you the therapy you need. Most simply, oxygen helps you to get the most out of your work out.
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  • 3 Easy Exercises with a POC

    A portable oxygen concentrator is an incredible device that has given thousands of patients renewed freedom and independence. Removing the tether to old, clunky, and outdated oxygen solutions opens the door to endless possibilities and experiences.

    Another wonderful benefit to owning a light-weight and portable oxygen solution is your ability to exercise. Staying active and exercising may seem challenging when you suffer from COPD or other lung related illnesses. However, regular physical activity can actually help to strengthen your respiratory muscles, improve circulation and oxygen usage, and even assist in decreasing some COPD related symptoms.

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  • Learn About Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption

    The ache you feel in your muscles, and the fatigue you feel after a good work out, is due to an event called "excess post-exercise oxygen consumption", EPOC for short, or more commonly referred to as "afterburn". The feeling you get after a hard workout, or even a mild one, might not be very comfortable, but it's an important process when it comes to getting in shape.

    This fatigue and slight ache are caused by the rapid burn and decline of oxygen in your body, which happens during and a while after your workout. EPOC refers to the body's process of restoring the body's oxygen and stored fuel, as well as the oxygen deficit. This deficit was known as the body's “oxygen debt” in past decades, and it's still often called that today.

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  • What is EPOC?

    Did you know that even after you're done exercising, your body continues to require more oxygen than it did before your workout? This is referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. You may have wondered why your body continues to feel weak or why you feel a little light headed or out of sorts for a while after your work out. You're still requiring the same amount of oxygen that you did while you were exercising!

    This isn't a new concept. In 1922, two men named A. V. Hill and H. Lutpon hypothesized that people continue to need more oxygen a while after exerting themselves. They first referred to it as an "oxygen debt". They hypothesized that the body can't bounce right back to just needing the same amount of oxygen as before, and that it takes a while for it to go back to its resting state. Much more recently, researchers can break EPOC down into a few different events, or the stages the body undergoes on its way back to homeostasis.

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  • Can EPOC Cause Weight Loss?

    Your metabolism describes how your body uses energy to do everything it needs to do to stay alive, and function to keep us healthy. The energy is burned in the form of calories. Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories.

    You might have heard some people say that they have a "fast metabolism", and they can eat a lot without gaining weight. Someone might also have a slow metabolism, and gain weight easily. This can be the case for different people, but your metabolic rate can change. You can in fact speed up your metabolism with certain types of exercise.

    Your metabolic rate actually changes throughout the day, depending on the foods you eat, what time of the day it is and your physical activity. You can even burn more calories for hours after your workout, in a process called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption”, which can go on usually for up to 13 hours post workout.

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  • Things You Should Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption

    Your body naturally takes a while to fully recover from a workout. The harder you workout, the longer it takes for it to get back to its resting state. This resting state consists of your heart and breath rate, the amount of fuel your muscles contain for movement, as well as your metabolic rate. The interesting thing is, your body continues to expend energy during this long “cool down phase”.

    This phase is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, and it can be a very effective way to lose weight, as well as tone up your muscles. excess post-exercise oxygen consumption has also been popularly referred to as oxygen debt, or the "afterburn" you feel post workout. Amazingly, you might not feel the effects 12 hours later, but they are still happening.

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