EPOC explains how the body burns calories after exercise
You surely know that during a strenuous workout, you burn calories. What's cool?
Your body burns more energy after a run. This is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC).
Or the "afterburn effect" (If you've been to Orangetheory Fitness, a key goal of class is to hit the orange heart rate zone to experience EPOC).
We asked two trained strength & conditioning specialists about EPOC and runners. Know this.
EPOC is your body's post-exercise cooldown. Exercise that uses more oxygen, like an interval workout, burns more calories.
Janet Hamilton, C.S.C.S., owner of Atlanta-based Running Strong, which offers coaching & rehabilitation services to runners, says your body needs to adjust its hormones, reload its fuel supplies.
This requires energy. Your body burns calories even after your workout. Pete McCall, M.S., C.S.C.S., compares EPOC to driving. “After a long trip, your car won't cool down automatically,” he says.
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