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What burns more calories, lifting weights or cardio?

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What burns more calories, lifting weights or cardio?

It really depends upon the type of cardio exercise you perform.

Lolly-gagging on the elliptical at a steady pace for 45 minutes is all well and good, but your post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) is typically not very strong after such a workout, meaning you won't continue to burn more calories than usual in the hours following exercise.

High-intensity interval training speeds up your metabolism during the workout and for hours after.

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It really depends upon the type of cardio exercise you perform.

Lolly-gagging on the elliptical at a steady pace for 45 minutes is all well and good, but your post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) is typically not very strong after such a workout, meaning you won't continue to burn more calories than usual in the hours following exercise.

High-intensity interval training speeds up your metabolism during the workout and for hours after.

And weight lifting? In general, weight training and resistance exercises result in a greater energy expenditure (i.e., burning more calories post-workout) than steady-pace cardio.

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Topics: CARDIO | WORKOUTS | ENERGY | EXERCISE | TRAIN | SWEAT