Depending on the type of workout or exercise regimen you do, you might already be burning extra calories once the workout is over. Many different types of fitness classes implement the theory of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, as a way to help you burn more calories and get more out of the workout. Intense workouts that require you to work at your maximum heart rate will leave you in oxygen debt. When this occurs, your body will be in a sort of shock and will work hard for the next 24 to 36 hours to get back to normal. Your metabolic rate during that period of time also increases your caloric burn, resulting in a more effective “afterburn.” Utilize a heart monitor to work at a maximum heart rate for some period of time through your workout. One trainer typically has clients work at 84% of their max heart rate for 12-20 minutes, but you can spread this out however you would like, or modify it to work best for you.
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