Something important to pay attention to here if you are tracking the calories you burn while working out is your post-workout caloric burn. Next time you workout leave your heart rate monitor on for 10 minutes after you workout and pay close attention to what happens. Today, I did a 60 minute workout on my bike trainer and did just that. Here’s what happened.
So, how many calories are you REALLY burning when you workout? Might just be more than you think. Now, is 77 calories a huge deal? No, but what if you did this every day? Ok, every day is a little much, because this sort of post-workout calorie burn is higher with cardio. So, let’s say you do cardio 3 times per week and burn 75 calories in the 10 mins after each workout. That’s 225 calories per week, 1,125 calories per month and 13,500 calories per year. What’s 13,500 calories per year equate to? Well, each pound of weight translates to about 3,500 calories, so that’s 4.8 pounds you’d lose just in the 10 mins post workout. That doesn’t include the calories you burn while actually working out.
Moral of the story: Do your cardio. It’s good for you.