Science: Why you Catch a ‘Second Wind’

9 Oct

Ok so this has a lot of science and a lot of tems. I made it as skimmable as I could and it’s a product but the facts and answers are exposed in the products advertising. (Im not a scientist. Some of the facts may be a little off but this is as accurate as it gets from me)


When you get a second wind – You body has produced or acquired additional oxygen flow and it transfers it to the bodies Mitochondria…THE MIGHTY MITOCHONDRIA !!!

What is a second wind?

Catching a second wind is described as the experience of having reached a point of feeling run down then after a few seconds, or random laspe of time, a feeling of recovered and the ability to once again pick up the pace is evoked in the body. *You are tired (from work) then you get all this energy(once you leave work or get home/ bar)

While exercise physiologists do not agree on what accounts for the phenomenon, there is no doubt about its existence. The body, it seems, has the ability to increase energy production when demand requires that it do so. 

Categorized mainly as shortness of breath, as second wind  occurs, when the body is not receiving the amount of oxygen required to meet its energy needs. The obvious answer to providing a second wind is to increase the amount of oxygen available.  It is not uncommon to see a football player breathing from an oxygen tank along the sidelines following a long run.

Every cell of the body comes equipped with power plants called mitochondria. THE MIGHTY MITOCHONDRIA. Cells with high energy demand, such as heart muscle cells, may contain thousands of mitochondria. Cells with low energy needs may contain a few dozen. Mitochondrial energy production is absolutely essential for producing physical strength, stamina, and sustaining life. Even a slight drop in energy output can lead to weakness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

The body is equipped with three energy producing methods.

1. Keep moving. Do some quick aerobics to jumpstart your body and increase breathing thus increasing oxygen thus increasing energy.

2.Stand straight and breathing deeply and consistently ill increase your energy levels.

3. The phosphagen system. Very limited capacity and can only be maintained for approximately 8 to 10 seconds beneficial to allow sudden exertion but it cannot be relied up. (This is basically some Dragon Ball Z/ UFC/ rage type burst of energy you create. If you want to get out of that chair or bed and you are too lazy then scream at the top of your longs, or rage yourself into moving from your location. 8 -10 seconds you’ll be on your feet, making that lay up or getting those groceries in the house.)

Common energy source to all three methods is a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP contains large amounts of potential energy. (Not Kinetic continues energy but the energy that is there waiting to be unleashed)


*Cells contain larger quantities of glycogen, a source of glucose that can be used to produce ATP without the use of oxygen.

*Lactic acid is used to produce more ATP and fuel muscular activity. As long as adequate amounts of oxygen are available.

* L-carnitine is responsible for carrying fats, such as triglycerides, into the mitochondria where they can be converted to energy. This is important in all muscles, but it is especially important in the heart, since the heart relies more heavily upon fatty acids as its energy source than do other tissues.

*Two other nutrients support mitochondrial function are alpha ketoglutaric acid and L-malic acid. When anaerobic (low oxygen) conditions exist, these substances enhance the production of a chemical called succinate.
Increased succinate levels are believed to enhance athletic performance

*Iinosine is believed to enhance mitochondrial energy production and improve the delivery of oxygen to body tissues.

Clearly, mitochondrial efficiency is critical to muscular performance and recovery from intense activity.
Omega-3 fish oils have also been shown to be helpful in preventing age-related decline in mitochondrial function. This is now believed to be the major reason that omega-3 supplements protect heart function with aging and make the heart muscle less susceptible to damage from ischemia (lack of oxygen).


Some times fresh air does do the trick….step outside


One Response to “Science: Why you Catch a ‘Second Wind’”

  1. how to increase stamina in bed October 13, 2011 at 11:01 #

    I must say that I do love the manner in which you have framed this issue. Keep the posts flowing 🙂

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