Here are the physiological adaptations from training aerobically in zones 1:
Zone 1 Improvements: Up to 65% max heart rate
1. Lung capacity and breathing frequency improve
2. Stroke volume of heart increases
3. Cardiac output increases
4. Heart size increases
5. Plasma volume expands
6. Blood flow distribution (shunting) improved
7. Heart rate decreases (average)
8. Inspiratory muscle oxygen cost reduced
9. Systolic blood pressure reduced
10. Capillary density increased
Quite surprising aren't they? If you need more of an explanation and how they actually relate to improving your fitness then please get in touch:
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