Sunday, July 6, 2014

Interval training for burning calories

Not only does interval training increase your metabolic rate during the workout, it keeps it elevated for hours afterward, burning more calories even while you’re sitting on your couch.  A study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that not only did subjects burn more calories during interval cycling (15 x 2 minutes at 100% VO2max with 2 minutes rest) compared to continuous cycling (60 minutes at 50% VO2max), they also burned more calories during the following 24 hours.  Other studies, in which subjects ran instead of cycled (6 x 3 minutes at 90% VO2max with 3 minutes rest or 20 x 1 minute at 105% VO2max with 2 minutes rest) have also found higher post-workout metabolic rates after interval workouts compared to after continuous workouts.

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