Oxygen Debt

When a person stops exercising, the rate of oxygen uptake does not immediately return to pre-exercise levels; it returns slowly (the person continues to breathe heavily for some time afterward). This extra oxygen is used to repay the oxygen debt incurred during exercise. The oxygen debt includes oxygen that was withdrawn from savings deposits—hemoglobin in blood and myoglobin in muscle (see chapter 16); the extra oxygen required for metabolism by tissues warmed during exercise; and the oxygen needed for the metabolism of the lactic acid produced during anaerobic respiration.

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