What is EPOC?

epocToday, I wanted to briefly explain EPOC. It stands for Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption. What this basically means is that after a workout, your body continues to burn calories (some studies have found up to 18 hours post workout) after your bout of physical exertion. But what type of exercise has the longest EPOC effect?? Resistance training (weight lifting.) Although cardio burns a decent amount of calories DURING the session, weight lifting burns much more calories in the following hours AFTER your weight lifting workout. And although exercise in general raises Cortisol levels some, weight lifting doesn’t raise Cortisol levels as high as long cardio sessions can, & Cortisol is the hormone that is responsible for helping the body store fat (especially that stubborn belly fat.)

So ladies and gentlemen, DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP AND PUT DOWN HEAVY THINGS!! 💪😁🏋️‍♀️

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