Biochemical Changes in Tissues during Infectious Illness: Metabolic Consequences of Interactions between Infectious Illness and Exercise.
Rept. no. 14 (Annual) 1 Jul 78-30 Jun 79,
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK N J
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A special apparatus was designed and successfully tested in which weanling rats and baby chicks can be forced to run. Standard Wahmann running wheels, equipped with pulleys, are aligned in a series of 8, all powered from a single shaft by a geared electric motor, adjustable from 0 to 100 rpms. The apparatus is such that rats or chicks or a combination of both can be forced to run simultaneously with only a single operator present. When forced to run to exhaustion, the weanling rat will run up to 2 hours at speeds of 10-14 rpm the chick will accept slightly higher speeds 12-20 but time to exhaustion drops to 60 minutes. Preliminary comparisons of forced with voluntary exercise in rats and chicks indicates that the voluntary exercise is less stressful, as measured by higher energy reserves of liver glucose and glycogen in animals under such a regimen.
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