I just read this fascinating article in USA Today about how people who engage in intense workouts continue to burn calories and torch fat stores for up to 14 hours after.
They define intense activities as those that make you sweat, get your heart rate up and increases your body temp–such as running/jogging, higher intensity sports, and circuit training. Just walking will not get you those same benefits of burning an extra 190 calories (on average) for the 14 hours following your workout. You would have to incorporate more into your walks to reap those (like adding a backpack or climbing stairs/mountain).
For me, Zumba Fitness does a dang good job of this which is one of the reasons why I love it so much… it is a blast and it blasts your body as well.
- Do the findings from this research motivate you to up your game when it comes to your workouts?
- What’s your favorite way to get an intense workout?