How To Burn Calories Like An Olympian
February 20th, 2013
The summer is looming in the horizon and I have been stressed about losing my baby weight. So like always, I do my research first and then put what I discovered to the test.
What works for me is high intensity interval exercise and my particular form of this workout is my spin class. According to studies, high intensity workouts result in, “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” or EPOC – and suggest a strong correlation between the number of calories burned post-exercise and the activity’s intensity.
In other words, this form of exercise continues to burn calories even after the workout is over and it makes me feel great.
The place that I go to for my workouts is Fly Wheel in the Flatiron district here in NYC. I have found the workouts fun and challenging, although quite frankly I could not do them at first.
Additionally, and unfortunately for me, I found no silver bullet in the way of losing weight and it seems just like anything that is worthwhile, I’m going to have to work consistently at it.
Also, I have found this interesting and funny article on what it would take to lose 6000 calories in a day, much like an Olympian. I hope you have a good laugh.
How To Burn 6,000 Calories (Like An Olympian)
You’ve no doubt heard the claims that Olympic athletes consume upwards of 10,000 calories a day to refuel and replenish their bodies after grueling, four-to-six-hour training sessions.
No matter what that exact count may be, most elite athletes certainly do have to balance extreme workouts with calorie-laden meals in order to continue training day after day after day.
Case in point: In the most calorie-burning of sports, Olympians can burn 15 to 20 calories a minute, Mayo Clinic researcher Michael Joyner told The New York Times, bringing a workout’s total calorie deficit to 4,000 to 6,000 per session, he said.
That extreme burn is due to factors other than the sheer amount of time these athletes spend at the gym, in the pool or on the track. They’re also burning more calories than the everyday athlete when they’re watching TV, reading a book or sitting at a desk, since muscle burns more calories than fat at rest, exercise physiologist Amy Knab, Ph.D., told Everyday Health.
A number of Olympic sports are calorie-blasting (and fun!) workouts in and of themselves. But what would it take for us mortals to crank out an Olympics-caliber calorie burn? We rounded up a few common ways to break a sweat, then calculated just how long we’d have to keep at it to hit that outrageous 6,000-calorie mark. We don’t get to say this often at Healthy Living when it comes to exercise: Please don’t try this at home. (All counts are based on a 150-pound person.)
To see the fun calorie busting exercises, go to the bottom of the article on Huffingtonpost.com and click on the gallery.
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