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Weight Training Can Burn More Calories Than Cardio

Which Burns More Calories: Cardio vs. Strength Training

Cardio has always been my go-to type of exercise when it comes to burning calories. Although going for a bike ride or jog does burn major calories, a recent study from the University of Southern Maine shows that weight training may offer more bang for your buck in the calorie-burning department than cardio.

Participants in the study burned as many calories doing 30 minutes of weight training (it doesn't mention what types of exercises or the equipment used) as they did going for a 30-minute run at a lightening fast six-minute-per-mile pace. Since running at that speed for that long is better left for those training for winning marathons, it seems that if you're looking to burn calories, strength training is your best bet.

Aside from burning calories, weight training also makes you stronger and gives your muscles that chiseled look you're after. As if that wasn't enough, strength training also boosts your metabolism, with some exercise physiologists estimating that the body continues to burn calories for up to 36 hours after your workout.

Need some ideas on weight training exercises? Check these moves out. Regardless of this study, I would love to run a six-minute-per-mile for 30 minutes.

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TrulyLuli TrulyLuli 5 years
It's obviously better to do both, since they both have different results in the body. However, did you know you can do both at the same time? What I love doing (and I am seeing great results with) is jumping the rope, doing jumping jacks or simply running on the spot in between sets while weight training. That pumps up the heart rate, and gets you in a cardio mode while at the same time strengthening and building your muscles.
nancita nancita 5 years
This is great to know. I never think about strength training burning calories, so that makes my day.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 5 years
I'm for doing both. I also find cardio is more fun. Or, you can do a mixture like in a group class such as kickboxing, or interval training.
mtiger mtiger 5 years
Runnerchick...it's not 6mph...it's a 6-minute mile. That's pretty fast!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I do both as well. Cardio helps keep my heart strong and healthy and helps with my weight and the strength training helps with preventing muscle and bone loss. Good to know that people are out there dispelling the myth that cardio is the best way to burn calories.
1apple 1apple 5 years
I find I need both strength training and cardio to keep my body happy. Cardio helps keep my weight down (noticeably) and strength training prevents muscle loss.
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
Wow, I never knew this! I could never run a 6 minute mile! I'm still working on getting it down to 8:30 (I'm still pretty new after slagging for two years, but I'm only 15 seconds off!). I defiantly need to get weights, I have resistance bands.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
you definitely need both. Can't do full body strength training every day. And I do burn at least 80 more calories on my cadio days according to my heart rate monitor. If you're not burning more, you're not working hard enough.
Little-Miss-Jay Little-Miss-Jay 5 years
I love doing both. There are some days where I just feel like running, and other days where I feel a bit lazy with the cardio and lift weights instead. http://imlittlemissjay.wordpress.com/
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
BTW, what is the difference between resistance, strength and weight training? Are they just mutually applicable expressions for something that is static exercise? or do they denote specific equipment, movements, techniques etc?
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
Anon, there are people who are naturally that build and it's not a reflection of their diet (or lack thereof); in any case, i find that strength and cardio exercises compliment each other, ie strength improves my muscle tone and endurance, and cardio my stamina and litheness. But it's hard to do intense strength exercises for the lower body at home without equipment!
pamela87 pamela87 5 years
This has been in the news for years now I thought, right? Anyway, it's a great reminder!
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