One of the most rewarding parts of working out is the afterburn, as the body continues to use up calories at a higher rate hours after working out. Lucky for us, this well-deserved gift isn’t the only one of its kind. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical center believe they’ve found another way that the body changes in the hours post-exercise. And the effects, they believe, last for as long as two days.
Kevin Williams, Ph.D., an assistant professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s internal medicine department and author of a new Molecular Metabolism paper, tells Inverse that high-intensity workouts don’t just change the cells of the body but also the neurons of the brain. Specifically, they change the behavior of neurons involved in the melanocortin system, which influences the body’s metabolism.Read More... Effects of a Single Workout Go Far Beyond the Afterburn, Says Scientist