How to Keep Burning Calories Long After Your Workout is Over

Woman RunningA recent paper published by the American College of Sports Medicine reports that athletes who exercised for 45 minutes at about 72% of their VO2max (about 83% of their HRmax), burned an extra 190 calories in the 14 hour period after their workout was done.  That’s the same number of calories a 150 lb person burns running 1.6 miles. 

In other research studies, runners who worked out at 50% of their VO2max experienced little or no calorie afterburn. If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, how can you tell if you are working out hard enough to burn additional calories after your workout?  You need to run at a pace at least as fast as your half marathon pace or faster for at least 45 minutes, basically a long tempo run. 

How fast do you do your long tempo runs?  Do you think you are burning additional calories after you stop running?  Tell me in the comments.

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  1. regainingmymoxy said: I wore my HRM running the other day and was blown away at my HR. It was going much higher than I thought. : \
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