Some people opt for endurance training to lose weight, since running burns tons of calories, but there’s a better way to lose weight, if that’s your goal. You can do it with strength training, such as lifting weights. Not only does weight lifting torch calories, you get other benefits. Strength training helps make you stronger, improves muscle mass, creates stronger, denser bones, improves the stability of the joints, while also improving cardiovascular health and boosting endurance.
Lifting weights not only burns calories it increases your metabolism.
When you workout to help shed those extra pounds, you probably also want a fit, sculpted body. That means you want more muscle tissue and less fat tissue. Of course, lifting weights provides that benefit for you. It boosts muscle growth and increases muscle size. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you’ll burn, even when you’re sleeping. That’s because it takes more calories to maintain muscle than it does to maintain fat.
The intensity of weight lifting causes the body to require extra oxygen for recovery.
Not only will you burn calories when you’re working out, you’ll burn extra calories long after you quit—24 hours or longer after your session. That’s called after-burn. It helps you rebuild your body composition to a higher amount of muscle tissue and less fat. While you might not shed pounds, you’ll shed inches.
No two people will burn the same number of calories lifting weights.
The calories burned when you lift weights depends on many factors. It depends on your own body weight, for starters. How hard you work and the amount of weight you’re lifting also makes a difference. The amount of muscle you already have influences the number of calories you burn, as well. If you have a fitness tracker to wear, it can give you a good estimate on the number of calories you’ll burn.
- When you’re working out, do you take an occasional break that lasts longer than a few seconds or a minute? You won’t be burning nearly as many calories as someone that treats weight lifting like interval training, with few breaks between exercises.
- Weight lifting includes many different types of exercises. Some involve compound moves that include several muscle groups and joints. Doing compound moves when weight lifting increases the calories burned.
- If torching calories is one of your goals, which it is with many people, make your weight lifting a HIIT workout. All you have to do is vary the pace and intensity from high intensity to moderate/recovery throughout the workout.
- Focus on lifting actual weights, rather than depending on weight machines. Standing to lift actually helps you burn more calories. It requires calories to balance you, since you activate your core muscles to do that.
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