Exercise increases metabolism for 14 hours!

5th February 2014

Exercise increases metabolism for 14 hours!

It’s not just calories burned during a workout that helps melt the fat and tone the body, but also the calories burned in the hours after exercise that does the trick …so says some of the latest research reported by the American College of Sports Medicine.

The study showed that EPOC (a measurement of how quickly or slowly your metabolism returns back to normal after exercising), allows exercisers to keep burning calories at an increased rate for up to 14 hours post workout.

So this study is showing that exercise increases metabolism for up to 14 hours!

In this study*, researchers found that 45 minutes of exercise performed by young male subjects at 57% of their maximum effort resulted in:

* 519 calories burned during the workout and

* an additional 190 calories burned during the next 14 hours

This offers hope to those who have effectively introduced exercise into their pre and post-op regimes and encouragement to those who plan to do so.

However, 190 calories over 14 hours isn’t a huge reward and certainly no excuse for doing a workout and then sitting on the sofa to recover!

Less so, rewarding yourself after a workout with an indulgent treat, which wipes out the calorie deficit you’ve worked hard for. Nonetheless, this could be the ‘icing on the cake’ for those who get a good workout and steer clear of post-exercise treats, for a few hours to come.

* Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: September 2011 – Volume 43 – Issue 9 –pp1643-1648 A 45-Minute Vigorous Exercise Bout Increases Metabolic Rate for 14 Hours.

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