Fitness Tip of the Day: Increase Your EPOC

How to burn more calories even after you're finished working out

If you want to go further, you'll have to train smarter. One way to do this is to increase your EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) or the afterburn effect. This can truly be a game changer in terms of weight loss. 

EPOC is a measure of the amount of oxygen you consume to return your body to its resting state after a workout; 1 liter of oxygen = 5 calories burned. The more intense your workout is, the more oxygen you will consume post-exercise and therefore, you'll achieve a greater caloric burn.

Science has even shown that you can increase your normal caloric burn up to 38 hours after a high intensity workout. To achieve a substantial EPOC effect, exercise at a high intensity (70 - 75% or your VO2 max or 85% of your 8 rep max) for at least 30 minutes.

Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.