Exercise intensity and duration are factors that interact to
produce the overall homeostatic stress during a session of exercise (Mann
During exercise the heart rate significantly increases, as
shown in Figure 1. The heart rate
increases due to the higher demand of oxygen from muscles.
The breathing rate of the subject
increased in order to raise levels of oxygen and expel more carbon dioxide.
Whilst exercise is being conducted, the body temperature
increases, this is why perspiration increases, cooling the body through
evaporation. This is the result of exercise and the body maintaining
homeostasis. The results mirror the hypothesis, exercise increased the heart
rate, breathing rate and perspiration levels and decrease during the resting
period as the organs throughout the body begin to stabilize.
The heart rate, breathing rate and perspiration levels
increased during exercise as hypothesized, demonstrating homeostasis. Perspiration
levels increased over the eight minutes at a steady rate compared to the heart
rate and breathing rate which increased swiftly (see Figures 1, 2 and 3).
The purpose of the research was to investigate how
homeostasis is maintained within the body in the context of heart rate,
breathing rate and perspiration levels during exercise.