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What happens to my metabolic rate after exercise?

Eric Olsen
Fitness

While exercising at any intensity, your metabolic rate increases, but when you stop exercising, your metabolic rate doesn't return to its normal resting rate immediately. In fact, your resting metabolic rate (RMR) remains elevated -- and thus you continue expending calories at a faster than resting rate -- from several minutes to several hours afterward, even though you're at rest.

The more intense the activity, the greater this postactivity metabolic boost and the longer it takes for your metabolic rate to return to its resting level. One study found that after 30 minutes of very vigorous activity, a postexercise metabolic boost lasts as long as 24 hours or more, providing a significant weight-loss advantage.

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