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"You would have to do five times the amount of moderate-intensity exercise—like power walking or light jogging—to burn the same amount of calories as you did in just 4 minutes," says study author Michele Olson, Ph.D., FACSM. "Even more if you want to achieve the after-burn benefits, too."
Since it requires energy to help the body recover post-workout, the higher the intensity of your sweat session, the longer your metabolism stays elevated afterward, according to Olson. In this case, the participants worked up to 95 percent of their maximum capacity (read: as hard as they could go), so it took a long time for their bodies to return to normal, even though they were resting.
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Want to try a Tabata-style workout for yourself? Check out the Bodyweight Cardio Burners -- a high-intensity fitness DVD that will give you the workout of your life in just 20 minutes.
-- Originally by Alex Zakrzewski for Men's Health