Intense Exercise Burns Calories for Hours

We've been talking about Metabolic Conditioning for a long time (Met-Con). But a new study released by Appalachian State University proves it! 

People who exercise vigorously get a bonus for their hard work. They continue to burn lots of extra calories long after they’re finished training, a new study shows.  Researchers found that this prolonged metabolic conditioning effect burned an extra 190 calories over the 14 hours AFTER exercise. That’s in addition to the calories used while working out.

David Nieman, an exercise researcher at Appalachian State University (study's lead author) says that, "This is the best evidence we have that a lot of calories are burned after intense exercise."

These findings apply to other high-intensity, sweat-producing activities. Running, jogging and playing high intensity sports like tennis, basketball, or soccer, and yes,  kettlebell lifting will have the same metabolism revving effect. The rules are simple, in order to get the extra calorie-burning benefits, the workout has to be intense, with elevated heart rate and sweating. 

Other researchers have looked at moderate-intensity activities, such as walking, and found no post-activity impact on calories.  Scientists speculate that you might be able to turn walking into this kind of calorie-burning workout, but it would probably mean hiking uphill with a backpack, stair climbing or race walking. The findings, reported in September’s Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine:

What does this mean for the average person who wants to drop a few pounds? An individual could lose one pound after five intense exercise bouts, if they resisted the temptation to overeat.  This study proves that intense exercise can reduce body fat stores. 

At AKC Fitness LI, we specialize in generating high intensity, metabolic conditioning workouts, using kettlebells and other cutting-edge fitness modalities. We've been doing this for a long time, and we're quite good at it. We teach all of our members how to work SAFELY at high-intensity, and get results like those found in the above study. Take a peek at a recently posted, high intensity workout: The Press/Swing 300

Here's a classic Met-Con video: