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Quite a few years ago now I wrote a post called does the exercise after burn effect work which was based on a study done by (Exercises and Sport Sciences Review April 2009).
As you can see this study was done in April 2009 it is getting on for being nearly two years old.
The only problem with studies is they don’t always go into great detail sometimes, and they can tend to contradict each other.
If you want to read the findings in the post from the older study click on the link above it will take you to it. So here we are in 2011 with a new study. Based on the exercise after burn effect this study was done by Medicine in Science in Sports and Exercise.
In this particular study, they used a machine called a metabolic chamber, if you have never seen one of these you lie down in it, and your metabolic rate can be measured at rest or after physical activity.
They say in their introduction that a metabolic chamber has not been used before to measure calorie expenditure before and after exercise in a study environment such as this one.
What they were trying to investigate was this somebody would cycle for 45 minutes at a high intensity and then monitored in a 24-hour period to see if there was any additional calorie expenditure, in the rest period they would be inside the metabolic chamber.
They had ten male subjects whom were aged between 22 and 33 years of age. They had two chamber days, which were an exercise day and a resting day, on the exercise day the participants did 45 minutes of intense cycling.
Their activities throughout the day were carefully monitored so there were no inconsistencies, which would interfere with their overall results.
In the conclusions from the data, they got back from being in the chamber etc. Here is what the researchers found out even after exercising for 14 hours afterwards the participants were still burning calories even though they had stopped exercising after this period of time.
Overall they burned 519 calories during the exercise, and 14 hours later managed to burn a further 190 calories. So there you have it there does seem to be an exercise after burn effect.
Not so long ago I watched a programme on BBC television in the United Kingdom , called Ten Things You Need to Know about Losing Weight
If you haven’t watched it I highly recommend it because the researcher in the programme did some exercise on a treadmill, for quite a long period of time and his metabolic rate was measured quite some hours afterwards.
So to benefit from this you need to get a 45 minute intense exercise program and then you can reap the benefits of the after burn.