cardio workouts & weight training routines .
1) I've heard that it's not necessary to do cardio with every workout, if this is true, when and
how should I incorporate cardio with my strength training?
2) I usually do my lower body work outs before I run, but that just makes me too exhausted to run afterwards.
If you want muscle tone and definition, do you absolutely have to do your weight training before you run? I've heard either way but I want to be sure.
Amber / Charlene
First, great that you both are engaging in regular workouts, including both cardio and weight training each week!
Cardio training is best understood as raising your heart rate enough to sweat for at least 20 minutes (after your warm-up) and should be performed
at least 3-4 times each week. As cardio training is the most important workouts for your health, this may be best considered as the primary concentration for exercise
With that in mind, incorporating cardio with strength training is ideal for optimal health and overall physical condition. For most of us, it is not necessary to do
a concerted cardio workout every time, but it is best to add some type of cardio as a 10 minute or so warm-up before weights or prior to a group exercise class. This
brings us to the second question.
When doing both cardio and weights, which one first?
For best results & depending on your current condition, it doesn't really matter which one is first so the best bet is to mix it up and switch the order every other workout or
switch each week. If you choose weights first, you won't be too tired to lift after a long run or other cardio. As on the other hand, if you workout before and
you cannot finish your cardio, you are missing your most important workout for your health.
If it is difficult, then you are actually conditioning your body and the results over time will be that you will be able to run after a hard weight session. So, for now, do your
cardio first, then weights. Over time, switch to weights first, cardio last for up to half of your workout sessions.
That's it for this time,
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