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For many of us, we like to know how effective our exercise is to make sure we're getting the most out of our efforts. Some track the calories burned using a fitness app while others use the heart rate monitors built into equipment like treadmills and elliptical trainers. While this is a great way to see and track your efforts, it is only telling part of the story.

For years, fitness instructors and personal trainers have known about the "afterburn effect." In its simplest terms it refers to the calories burned after you've finished exercising. You see, after a workout, especially a high-intensity one, your body burns additional calories to help your muscles recover, cool down your body and process the hormone changes brought on by exercise. In scientific terms, this is known as "excess post-exercise oxygen consumption."

Getting the most out of this bodily process typically involves higher intensity workouts than most people are comfortable with. However, even a standard exercise routine will give at least some afterburn effect. It has also been shown that building additional muscle can help burn additional fat. Why? Because it takes more blood, oxygen, and calories to maintain muscle than it does fat. As you increase your muscle mass, more of your fat will be burned throughout the day, especially if you reach your optimal "afterburn zone."

Strive for Consistency

The key to any exercise routine remains the same, regardless of the moves performed — Consistency! A mild workout every other day done continuously throughout the month is far better than a single, longer high-intensity workout done sporadically. You'll find this is also far easier on your joints and ligaments, not to mention muscle soreness.

If you're unsure what type of exercise is best for you, ask your Metabolic Research Center consultant. They're here to work with you and develop a program which addresses your needs. They'll also be sure that every part of your weight loss program works in conjunction with every other, keeping you on-track to meet your goals.


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