“Concentration alone isn’t enough to hyper-charge your metabolism. You also have to care… if you and I have thirty minutes to learn a list of words……I’ll probably be a sweaty mess after the thirty minutes are up.I hate to lose. So yeah, I’ll be into it. Even though I’ll just be sitting in a chair I’ll “work” my butt off to learn those words.”21-year-old Russian grandmaster Mikhail Antipov had burned 560 calories in two hours of sitting and playing chess — or roughly what Roger Federer would burn in an hour of singles tennis.
Energy expenditure hypothesis
Here is my hypothesis when it comes to energy expenditure.
We know several things about energy expenditure as it relates to our energy availability:
- Our body adapts to state of low and high calorie availability by expending less/more calories;
- Our body adapts to activities we do regularly such as walking, running or lifting by getting more efficient and using less energy to do these movements.
- Our body also reacts energy availability by regulating our NEAT, temperature, choices like willingness to move, hunger and even heart rate.
Based on these facts and the aforementioned article about the chess player grandmaster, I made a hypothesis. To use the most amount of energy you want to train like an athlete. Combine endurance, explosiveness such as sudden direction changes, strength, be quick on your feet literary and figuratively speaking.
Combining different intensities, movements and thinking/keeping attention on what’s going on like during combat sports or team sports, you provide your body with a variety of signals.
Anybody mentioned chess boxing?