The purpose of this post is to share with you the facts about cardio or weights first. There are many different opinions on whether it matters at all. You may think that you don’t care if you do cardio or weights first because your goal is just to get leaner and healthier. However, there are some factors which will affect how much time you spend doing each activity.
Cardio or Weight First: Time Required
If you have been following our articles, then you already know that cardio or weights first is better than nothing. However, the amount of time required depends on several things such as your age, fitness level, goals and lifestyle.
Some people need less time while others require more time.
Age – People tend to start losing their body fat sooner when they are younger. If you want to lose weight quickly, then you should focus on cardio first rather than weights.
For example, if you’re 20 years old and want to get into shape fast, then you could focus on strength training first instead of cardio. However, you will still need to do a bit of cardio here and there.
Fitness Level – If you are already in good shape and you want to get into the best shape of your life, then you should focus on cardio first rather than weights. For example, if you are an athlete and you want to get faster, then you should focus on doing cardio before your strength training sessions.
If you are someone who just wants to get into better shape, then you could do a split routine in which you do some cardio first and then weights.
Goals – Your goals will also affect the amount of time that you spend on each activity. Someone who wants to lose weight will not need as much time as someone who is training for a marathon.
Someone that is preparing for a bodybuilding competition will also need to spend more time weight training than someone who just wants to stay healthy.
Lifestyle – Your lifestyle will also affect how you split your routine. For example, if you have a desk job and you spend most of your day sitting down, then you may want to do all your cardio first because it will burn more calories.
On the other hand, someone who has a physically demanding job may want to start with strength training first because it will burn more calories.
Does it Even Matter?
Whether you do cardio or weights first is not that important because you are still doing something. A lot of people have a hard time finding the motivation to exercise at all so if you are doing something, then you are already ahead of the game.
If you are an athlete or someone who needs to get in shape quickly, then we recommend that you focus more of your time on cardio because it will burn more calories and boost your metabolism. Strength training is also important, but cardio is most important when you first starting out.
As you get into better shape, then you will need to start doing a mix of strength training and cardio.
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