Which part of your workout routine should come first – cardio or strength training? It’s an ancient question with no right answers. Exercise order really depends on what you are trying to achieve.
Here’s a guide we’ve prepared for you to follow plus a Herbalife Exercise Meal Plan to help you with your diet.
If You Want to Shed Calories to Lose Fat
If your goal is to exercise to burn fat, it’s best to do cardio first and lift weights next. Cardio is the best way to lose weight as most people burn more calories in a single workout session when they do cardio first. We recommend the following cardio exercises to lose weight – aerobics, biking, running, swimming and using an elliptical machine.
Undoubtedly, strength training burns more calories per minute but the usual problem is that when we lift weights we tend to exhaust faster forcing us to cut our exercise session short.
If You Want to Build Muscle Mass and Boost Strength
It’s best to strength train first when the body’s glycogen (source of energy for muscle contraction) is high. Doing cardio before strength training reduces glycogen making the workout useless.
To increase strength, you want your body to change into “repair and rebuild” (anabolic) mode as soon as possible after you strength train and the best way to do that is to eat rather than doing cardio. A light cardio workout before strength training would be better BUT don’t do rigorous strength exercises once you’ve already drained yourself out with cardio – that’s dangerous.
If You Want to Enhance Cardiovascular Endurance
Perform cardio exercises first if your goal is to increase your cardiovascular strength, when you still have ample energy for long-distance workout routines. Then include strength training exercises (e.g. lifting weights, squat jumps, lunges and plyometrics) 2-3 times a week either after or separate from the cardio workouts to develop muscular strength and decrease your risk of injury.
If You Want to Improve Your Overall Health
If this is your goal, whichever routine you do first doesn’t matter. You can do endurance training first then strength train next and vice versa. You can even do both at the same time with circuit or interval training or on different days if you want.
Here Come’s Our Herbalife Exercise Meal Plan
Cardio or strength training first? The answer is entirely up to you. Knowing your goal will help you decide which method works best.
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Rooting for you,
~ The HSO Team ~
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