No one can deny that hard exercise with intense effort is an effective way to rapidly increase energy expenditure. The more your bigger muscles are working, the harder they push; the more energy is consumed each minute.
Challenging exercise doesn’t only increase your energy consumption during the activity but also after it, as your body works to restore itself and to adapt in preparation for the next challenge. Often called the afterburn effect, this work can be measured in the form of EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption).
EPOC describes how much oxygen, that is energy, your body uses to return to the resting state. The longer and more vigorous your activity, the bigger the EPOC and the afterburn effect.
It is also good to keep in mind that high-intensity exercise is essential when improving your VO2max. Increasing your VO2max is not just for athletes. It has a significant impact on your overall health, and can help you live longer.
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