A mood elevator and activity that helps ward off disease, weightlifting strengthens bones and burns calories. In respect to the former, weight training increases bone density and builds a muscle barrier around the bones to provide greater support. This makes you less susceptible to injuring your back and knees. It also reduces the likelihood of older adults fracturing and breaking bones.
In terms of calories, you burn a number of these when performing different types of activities. Depending on intensity, you can burn up to 500 calories during one hour of weightlifting. Further, high-intensity lifting sessions provide an “afterburn” effect. This is the period following a workout when your body continues to burn calories. In a study evaluating afterburn effect in men, the results indicated heightened calorie burning for 40 minutes after finishing five sets of leg presses.