Does Lifting Weights Burn Calories?


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Lifting weights does cause a person to burn calories. However, a typical person burns about half the calories through vigorous lifting for an hour than he would running at a crisp pace, reports Ask Men. A 220-pound man burns about 600 calories from an hour of intense lifting.

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Relative to aerobic exercise, intense weightlifting may actually burn more fat. Cardio exercises cause fat burning during exercise, but heavy weightlifting causes fat burning well after the workout due to a process called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Alternating weightlifting and cardio exercise days may optimize calorie and fat burning relative to just cardio alone.

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