A new study, published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, has confirmedthat exercising vigorously can boost calorie burn for hours afterwards.
Many people imagine that the calorie-burning benefits of exercise stop right after they leave the gym, however if you workout vigorously, a substantial calorie burn may follow, which is great news.
- The study included 10 healthy men, aged 22 to 33, of various BMIs and aerobic fitness levels.
- Their calorie expenditure was measured after they exercised vigorously for 45 minutes, as well as on a rest day.
- Activity, rest, plus eating meals and snacks were measured under carefully controlled conditions.
The researchers noted that the 45-minute exercise session burned an average of 519 calories. But even better, 14 hours after the exercise session, their calorie expenditure was still elevated, resulting in around 190 extra calories being burned.
While that may not seem like much, it’s a bit like getting a slow speed, 30-minute walk squeezed into your day somewhere, for free – who can complain about that?
The key word in all of this is vigorous, though.
A previous study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that a consistent program of moderate to vigorous exercise can be helpful in reducing how much weight men and women gain from young adulthood to middle age.
The study followed 3,500 participants, and found that men who exercised consistently and vigorously were 6 pounds lighter than their less active peers. For women, those who exercised vigorously and consistently for 20 years were thirteen pounds lighter than those females who did not exercise much, or as often.
So, how do you define “vigorous exercise”? Any thoughts?
Source : diet blog