What is Blood Circulation?
Blood circulation occurs in the circulatory system and is basically the movement of blood throughout the body carrying oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to cells, and removing waste products. Blood transports carbon dioxide to the lungs for exhalation and picks up oxygen through the network of arteries, veins, and capillaries. The blood collects food nutrients from the small intestine and transports them to every cell in the body.
But why is this important and how does good blood flow affect athletic performance?
During exercise, there is a transportation of oxygen from the lungs to the tissue and delivery of metabolically produced CO2 to the lungs for expiration. It is important to adopt good breathing techniques during training so good circulation is observed. Improving blood flow allows more oxygen to reach your muscles, which means that your workout will be more effective and last longer and decrease possible fatigue. As you work out, the oxygen that enters your muscles transforms the available glucose into ATP, giving your body the energy it needs to finish your workout.