Are you being bugged to join a dance class for exercise? Something like Hip Hop, Zumba, Pole dancing, or even Bollywood and you don’t feel like it. Aside from the fact that you feel as though you have two left feet, you may have a valid reason for feeling this way. A reason that you can use as an excuse the next time you are asked to join a dance exercise session.
The scientifically valid answer…
This answer came from a recent study done by the University of California-San Diego. So, the next time someone suggests that you exercise more, tell them this:
“Because I have sleep apnea, I don’t take in as much oxygen when I breathe, so I easily get worn out!” And you wouldn’t be lying because…
What the researchers found was that people for whom breathing repeatedly starts and stops, in other words people with sleep apnea, have a lower peak oxygen uptake during aerobic activity than those who do not suffer from sleep apnea.
Jeremy Beitler, lead author of the study, said in a statement, “We believe the sleep apnea itself causes structural changes in muscle that contributes to their difficulty exercising.”
For the study, the participants were then asked to pedal a stationary bike at incrementally harder resistance levels. This would be similar to what a person would experience climbing up a progressively steeper hill. The participants were directed to pedal to exhaustion.
Researchers found that people with sleep apnea had on average a 14 percent lower VO2 max. Your VO2 max is a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen the person can uptake during strenuous exercise.
“This is a big discrepancy,” Beitler said.
Researchers believe that VO2 max measurements may be an early marker for those who are at higher risk of stroke and heart attack. It’s even possible that VO2 max measurements could motivate early interventions to treat apnea, which is underdiagnosed and often untreated.
Treat your sleep apnea…
If you treat your sleep apnea, then you could take a dance class for exercise. Heck, you might even enjoy it. For more information on how you can treat your snoring and sleep apnea with a sleep retainer, just click here.