Do Sore Muscles Burn Calories?

Your basal metabolic rate, or BMR, determines how many calories your body needs each day to survive. According to the University of New Mexico, you need between 800 and 1,500 calories a day to operate your breathing, blood circulation, cell repair and other basic bodily functions. The amount depends on your age, sex and muscular development.


You body composition plays a significant role in your BMR. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, muscles burn more calories than fat, even at rest.


Strengthening exercises that wear down the muscle tissues build lean muscle mass, which in turn burn additional calories. Additionally, endurance exercises that utilize your muscles and tend to cause soreness also increase the amount of oxygen used during the workout and thus burns more calories.

Time Frame

You must give your sore muscles time to repair in order for them to develop and raise your metabolism however. According to, you should work specific muscles groups only two to three times per week with a day off between workouts.

Load comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.