There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there regarding weight loss, exercise and how to get toned and strong; it's no wonder so many people get overwhelmed and don't know where to start.
Should I Start With Cardio Or Weight Training?
Both cardio and weight training are an important part of fitness. But which do you focus on? And which do you start with? The answer to this question depends largely on your goals. What is your number one priority? Are you just trying to lose some weight? Are you wanting to develop visible muscle tone, or are you just trying to get all-around healthier?
I Want To Lose Weight
It may sound strange, but if weight loss is your goal, then you should start out with weight training. Studies show that lifting weights elevates your heart rate. Follow up with cardio to get the maximum calorie-burning benefit. Also, you will increase your energy levels and metabolic lean muscle mass.
I Want To Train For A Race
If you have your eye on a finish line, whether it be running or cycling, do your cardio first. This comes down to prioritizing. Studies show that whatever muscle group you work out first becomes the strongest. So, if you start with cardio, you will be giving priority to the muscles you need most for your race.
What If I Want To Stay Healthy And Fit?
If you want to boost your overall health, fitness and vitality, you don't necessarily need to become too concerned with what you do first. Try to achieve a balance between cardiovascular exercise and weight training. Both are good for your health. The most important thing is to enjoy your workout so that you are more likely to stick with it!
A personal trainer can help you reach your goals and reach them faster. Your workouts will be more efficient when your personal trainer customizes them for your goals and level of fitness. Ralph Roberts can create a comprehensive plan just for you. You can find Ralph at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.
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