A Little Intense Exercise Burns Holiday Calories

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Think you don't have the time to work out and burn off those calories from holiday eating?  A little intense exercise could be your best holiday helper.

Researchers found people can burn an extra 200 calories a day by getting in a total of two and a half minutes of hard exercise during a 25-minute workout.  People in the study alternated between 30 seconds of high intensity activity and four minutes of lighter intensity.

FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean says exercise experts find many people are reluctant to do these bursts of intense exercise, but maybe you shouldn't be.

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