The influence of age on excess post-exercise oxygen consumption
Oxygen consumption remains elevated above resting values for a variable period of time after exercise. Exercise intensity and duration, food intake, laboratory conditions, metabolic measurements, gender and age are all major factors affecting the duration and magnitude of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). In the present study, the influence of age on EPOC was studied in men of various fitness levels. Various metabolic measurements were collected for three distinct age groups, 18-25, 35-45, and 55-67 at rest and during exercise at 60% of maximal oxygen consumption until 200 ± 10 kilocalories were expended. Immediately after the exercise bout, subjects walked on the treadmill for one minute and then were seated until oxygen consumption returned to within .01 liters of the recorded resting values.Percent body fat, V02 max and exercise V02 were significantly different between age groups. The duration (23-25 minutes) and magnitude (7-11 kilocalories) of EPOC did not differ significantly between groups. However, heart rate and minute ventilation were significantly elevated above resting measurements when V02 reached resting values. In conclusion, the physiological differences associated with the aging process were not found to significantly affect the duration and magnitude of EPOC.