How do your muscles continue to get energy during high levels of activity when there is not enough oxygen?

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In case of some strenuous activity;

  • muscle cells break down glucose(present in glycogen) anaerobically to provide required #ATP#. In this case lactic acid is produced as a product.

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http://igbiologyy.blogspot.com/2013/08/78-aerobic-and-anaerobic-respiration.html

  • #ATP# is also provided by another energy storing compound called creatine phosphate.

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http://www.innovateus.net/innopedia/what-molecule-creatine-phosphate

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Muscle cells are differentiated from other cells in having large amount of stored glycogen and a lot of mitochondria . In low supply of oxygen, muscle cells start to break down glucose anaerobically(in the absence of oxygen). As a result of this respiration, lactic acid is deposited in the muscles. And excess deposition of lactic acid cause muscle fatigue.

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