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Life's Too Short... so make the most of it! Try something new, eat something healthy, grow something beautiful, hug someone you love, move around a lot, and be kind to yourself. Melanie Cole brings you the best tips from lifestyle and fitness experts, including guests from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Metabolic Conditioning: Optimizing Workout Afterburn

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Learn how you can continue to burn calories after your workout and subsequently make fitness improvements.
Air Date: 3/14/17
Duration: 20:49
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michele Olson, PhD, FACSM, CSCS, CDSS
Dr. Michele OlsonMichele Olson is a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department Kinesiology at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM).  She is known internationally as THE Exercise Doctor!

She has received the AUM Ida Belle Young Professorship, The AUM Distinguished Researcher Award, The AUM Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, and both honors in the College of Education. Dr. Olson also served as Faculty Senate President in 2014.

Dr. Olson consults with and tests workouts for Reebok, Gaiam, The FIRM, Jillian Michaels, and Exercise EM.

Dr. Olson is on the Advisory Board for SHAPE Magazine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a Disability Sport Specialist. And, she’s a regular guest on RadioMD as well as The Doctor’s Radio Show on Sirius/XM.

While it may seem like a dream, your body is always burning calories.

Metabolism occurs in every cell of your body, even when you’re sleeping. Eighty percent of your daily carbohydrate intake is utilized by your brain. 

You burn just below one calorie per minute when at rest. Moderate exercise burns about five to six calories per minute. High intensity exercise burns ten to fifteen calories per minute, depending on your body weight.

Metabolic conditioning or metabolic training boosts your metabolism so you can burn more calories per minute.

As you get more fit, you have to increase intensity or time for continued improvement. Add five minutes to your workout or boost your intensity. 

Higher intensity workouts make you feel out of breath so you can’t expend energy on conversation. You shouldn’t feel like collapsing, but you should feel like your body is fully engaged.

Resistance training burns tons of calories. Your metabolism doesn’t just drop to your resting rate when you finish the workout. It continues to burn calories at a higher rate later.

Listen as Dr. Michele Olson joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how you can kick your metabolism into high gear.

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