A Few Truths About Getting Fit

Jul 13th, 2008 | By Fitness | Category: Featured Articles

Almost everyone in the world would like to be fitter. There is a plethora of information on the subject offering countless paths to physical well-being. For a great many years a huge number of people have believed that prolonged aerobic activity is the way to fitness. Even doctors have believed this myth. The fact of the matter is that slow aerobic training is not terribly efficient if one wants to lose weight.

Allow me to introduce a 4-letter acronym: EPOC. EPOC stands for Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. This is an overly complicated way of describing the calories your body burns after you have finished exercising. When you finish doing aerobic exercise, your body stops burning calories. That’s the end of it. After doing high intensity exercise however, (even as little as 4 minutes at a time) your body carries on burning calories. In fact this can continue for up to 2 days later. It’s incredible to think that your body is still burning calories and working hard to remove that stubborn fat long after your workout is complete. That’s the miracle of short, intense workouts.

You actually burn more fat after you have finished exercising. Your body is being literally transformed into a fat burning metabolic machine. A scientific study done by Laval University showed that short, intense workouts burn up to 9 times more fat than slow aerobic training.

Based on this discovery, fitness guru Ryan Lee has developed a means of guiding people to fitness in 4 minutes. His system, known as BodyBot is an online resource which acts as a personal trainer. BodyBot allows users to create varied workouts in seconds. By varying the exercises performed, the body has to continually adapt. This avoids reaching a plateau as many people do with repetitive workouts.

This is great news for those of us who find it difficult to devote large amounts of time to exercising.

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