Be it sleeping or doing yoga or just to sit doing nothing requires energy. Researchers have also said that the more you work more are the calories you burn. However, this is not to be followed strictly. Always there is something more to a one sided story.
Afterburn effect means excessive post exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Explaining in simpler terms, more intense exercises done by you will eventually lead to oxygen consumption from your body. Therefore, there has to be a proper routine of the fitness training performed by you. It will help you in not burning more calories or reduce in excess oxygen consumption from your body.
In a study, participants who cycled continuously for around an hour burned around 190-200 calories more in the 14 hours after exercise compared to the days when they did not work out. It means that this kind of training can be useful in fighting health issues such as diabetes and obesity.
Another study demonstrated that a person’s afterburn is sure to increase over time. In simpler terms, it also means that the more intense and the longer the work out, the higher the calories and oxygen you will burn.
Therefore, it is not necessary that you work out for excessively long hours to generate this effect. If you hire a professional that has the correct personal trainer courses, they will write you a specific program to do.
This is exactly where the combination of short and high intensity workout comes into play. Tabata, a workout programme where 20 seconds of activity is followed by ten seconds of resting period, is a good way to trigger afterburn.