4 Cardio Workouts That Maximize Your Afterburn
One of the great things about exercise is that, not only do you get the benefits during your workouts, the rewards keep on coming…that is, if you’re doing the right kind of exercise.
That reward is what we call the “afterburn,” also known as post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). The afterburn refers to the amount of oxygen your body consumes above resting level after your workout. Or put another way, it’s how many calories your body burns before it gets back to its pre-exercise state.
Exercise triggers all kinds of responses in the body, starting with your metabolism. Your metabolism goes up and, if you work at a high intensity, it stays up for a period of time after.
There are a number of physiological mechanisms responsible for this, chemical reactions that replace oxygen stores, replenish energy stores and more. Luckily, we don’t have to understand how it works to take advantage of it.
The bottom line? The more afterburn you can generate, the more calories you burn and the more weight you lose.The Best Workouts for Afterburn
With all of these factors in mind, below are four different 25-minute workouts that will get you into that heart rate zone where you’ll burn more calories both during and after your workou
They all include some form of high intensity interval training (HIIT), which is a more advanced form of exercise. If you’ve never done HIIT, start with a more moderate Interval Training Workout and slowly work your way to higher levels of intensity.
Keep in mind that HIIT workouts are very taxing on the body, so only do them 1 or 2 times per week and make sure you give yourself recovery days after, either by doing lighter workouts, lifting weights, or nothing at all.