We all know that doing exercise is good for you.
Now it turns out that our bodies continue to work out long after we have stopped exercising.
Anyone undertaking a vigorous fitness session continues to burn calories for hours after they finish, research shows.
Men who exercised on a stationary bike for around 45 minutes burned an additional 190 calories over the 14 hours afterwards, the study found.
The same theory should apply to any intense activity, be it football, swimming or running, researchers say – and for the fairer sex.
However, to get the extra calorie-burning benefits, the workout needs to be enough that ‘you’re sweating, your body temperature is up and your heart beats fast’.
Ten volunteers, aged 22 to 33, each burned an average of 519 calories during their biking tests.
Afterwards, however, they burned another 190 calories – meaning their bodies carried on working when physical activity ceased.
Researcher David Nieman, of Appalachian State University in Kannapolis, North Carolina, U.S. said: ‘That means a person would lose one pound after five intense exercise bouts if they resisted the temptation to eat more.