- Publish Date
- Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:39PM
We get you're probably a little confused with this one, as most people will assume that calories are burnt while you're doing physical activity, which is true.
But what you probably didn't know was that you can actually burn calories for hours and even days after you workout!
When you perform a certain set of exercises, your body requires a large amount of oxygen to get itself back to its normal levels as well as repairing muscle tissue and re-adjusting body temp.
This process is called excess post-oxygen consumption or EPOC. Because your body is working harder to get back to its normal oxygen levels, you'll be burning, even more, calories AFTER your workout- for up to 36 hours!
The EPOC effect occurs when you're performing movements using large muscle groups within your quads, chest, hamstrings and ya back muscles. Whole body exercises and high resistance exercises are best at stimulating the EPOC response.
How to increase the EPOC effect:
- Increase the intensity of your workout
- Weight training with fewer rest periods
- Alternating upper and lower-body exercises
The best exercises to get the EPOC response:
- Pushup to deadlift
- Resistance sprints
- Circuit training
We know all of these changes in training and different exercises are easier said than done... but give them a go and see if you notice a difference.
If you're gonna be burning those calories for longer amounts of time, maybe that means we can treat ourselves to something a little nicer than a salad... (after working out that is).