Should You Do Your Cardio Before or After Strength Training?

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It’s the age-old dilemma, do you do your cardio workout before you lift weights or after? Well, it all depends on what your fitness goals are.

If your goal is to keep your heart and lungs healthy, you should be doing your cardio before you lift weights. But if fat loss or muscle building is more your speed, make sure to do your strength training first, and follow it up with cardio. If you are working out 3-4 times a week and splitting your workout into upper and lower body strength days, you should do cardio after strength, but if your goal is general fitness, then it doesn’t matter as much which one you start with—just do whichever you want to get out of the way.

It is advised to do strength training at least twice a week and low-impact cardio exercises you can do every day. So, if you only have time for an hour workout at the gym twice a week, make sure you are focusing on your goals and taking them into consideration when planning your workout.

It is important to have a little of both in your week, whatever your main focus is. So if you can find time for a 20-minute walk per day on top of your strength training, you will see even better results.