Don’t Exercise to Burn Calories

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It feels like the right thing to do. It feels like hammering it hard every time you exercise is going to give you the best results. The more calories you can burn during your workout, the more results you’re seeing from that workout – it sounds logical.

The problem is that this style of exercise is really not optimal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]It is absolutely true that you will burn more calories during these kinds of workouts. But it is also true that you are opening the door to burn out and injury by pushing as hard as you can every time; not to mention the fact that your body adapts annoyingly well to the calorie burn style workout; which means that if you’ve been working out like this for a while you’re almost certainly burning less calories during your workout than you used to.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20620″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You will indeed burn more calories in an hour run than you would during an hour of resistance training. But there is a key second part to this. When you stop your run, your metabolism drops straight back to its normal level. When you finish your resistance training session though, your metabolism rises by a considerable amount for over 72 hours afterwards. One recent study showed an additional calorie burn of 50% of what was burned during the workout over just 24 hours afterwards.

It sounds counterintuitive, but the goal of your workout shouldn’t simply be to burn as many calories as possible. As we can see with the running vs resistance training example, the goal of your workouts must be to teach your body to use more calories all the time. And if we can do that, surely that must be weight loss gold, don’t you agree?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heather Smith is a fat loss specialist Personal Trainer. Get in touch for a free five-day meal plan via[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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