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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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6/3/13 11:45 A

Cardio is cardio because of your engagement of large muscle groups... the reason we use heart rate to measure it is because we understand the mathematical relationship between exercise and heart rate and calorie burn. It's not the heart beating that causes the actual calorie burn, because the heart is actually a very tiny muscle in relation to the others.

That's why sitting in a sauna, watching a scary movie, and getting a tattoo get your heart rate up, but don't necessarily burn more calories... because you aren't engaging the muscles that actually do the burning. For this reason, people who have heart conditions that cause artificially high heart rates have a hard time using heart rate monitors because they get inflated calorie counts. Your heart working harder doesn't translate to more calorie burn, I'm afraid.

ANGELCITYGAL SparkPoints: (38,869)
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6/2/13 12:50 P

If anything, the cortisol released in the body through the stress could cause you to hang onto calories. Speaking as a tattooed person, I would assume zero gain/loss of calories from tattooing. You need to move it to lose it!


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6/2/13 11:53 A

Merely curious. I figured the pain would accelerate your heart, thus a type of "cardio" if you want to call it that LOL

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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6/2/13 10:47 A

It hurts like a mug, but it's not going to produce a higher calorie burn than sitting. Calorie burn above your metabolism comes from muscle movement; engaging the large muscle groups in your body in a rhythmic fashion (cardio!) That's why strength training doesn't provide huge calorie burns.

Your heart rate certainly goes up, but it's not the heart rate that causes the calorie burn, it's the muscle movement. ;)

I wouldn't count any tattooing as a calorie-burning exercise.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/2/2013 (10:48)
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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6/2/13 10:39 A

lol... I'd have no idea but like the previous poster, I'd assume little more than you would sitting normally.

You don't plan on adding it to your fitness tracker, do you? Or are you merely curious?

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
6/2/13 10:36 A

None. Or at least none as in the same # of calories you'd burn when sitting normally. Why would there be extra?

MARIAH-MASIELLO SparkPoints: (106)
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6/2/13 10:04 A

Yes, it's an odd question, lol. But seriously...

If you were tattooed on your leg for about an hour, how many calories do you think you'd burn? I'm currently 5'5" and 175. I've done a little research, and I've found everything from 15 to 70 calories... What do you guys/gals think?

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