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Get Your Heart Working in the Okanagan: Your Ideal Heart Rate for Burning Fat

Get Your Heart Working in the Okanagan: Your Ideal Heart Rate for Burning Fat

Whether or not you are a die-hard Orangetheory burner, you have likely heard about the link between your heart rate and how much caloric burn you will experience. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is designed to get your heart pumping. As your heart rate rises, you burn more calories to keep sustain that level of activity. This, in turn, allows you to start burning off fat through exercise. Our exercises use a 5 zone system that isolates each section of your heart rate, from resting to maximum. During a group exercise at Orangetheory Fitness, we will work to get you 12 minutes or more in Zones 4 & 5. These are the zones where you will see the greatest impact from your workout, leaving you with the “afterburn” that will last long after you leave the gym.

Raise Your Heart Rate, Burn Calories, and Get Fit in Kelowna

Determining what works best for you will take a bit of understanding about how our bodies draw and use energy during exercise. Raising your heart rate takes hard work, and that is exactly how group exercise stands to benefit you, encouraging you to push harder and reach greater levels of caloric burn. As your heart rate raises, your body burns calories from one of two places: fat and glycogen (carbohydrate) stores. At lower heart rate levels, from roughly 50% – 60%, your body is burning primarily fat calories. As you push past 60%, you begin burning far more glycogen. It is important to understand that both are calories that you want to burn if you want to lose weight, however the real benefit of higher intensity exercise is the “afterburn” effect that lasts up to 36 hours after your finish exercising. This effect is also known as “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” (EPOC), and it is caused by your body naturally taking in more oxygen as an effect of strenuous activity. We are trying to keep you in your ideal zone for at least 12 minutes, so that you can reach this effect and see the benefits even when you are finished your exercise!

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Burning Fat at OTF Kelowna: Keep Your Heart Rate High

There is a common misconception that a higher heart rate won’t burn as much fat as a lower heart rate. While it is true that you will burn fat calories between 50% – 60% of your maximum heart rate, bear in mind that it will not result in an afterburn, and you will not be burning nearly as many carbohydrates in your glycogen stores. For both of these reasons, our group training sessions are intended to get you to a higher heart rate, while still allowing time at a lower heart rate so you can catch your breath and continue that fat burn. Our exercises are carefully crafted to deliver you the best possible training in a short period of time.

Ideal Heart Rate - Exercise Fitness | Kelowna Orangetheory Fitness

Get down to Orangetheory Fitness in Kelowna! We are conveniently located in the Mission, so you can get that burn going any day of the week. Give us a call with any questions you may have at (250) 860-6888 to get more information and start your free workout today!


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