“Research shows that you should do cardio first. Published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, one study examined how many calories exercisers burned doing one of four workout combinations: running only, strength training only, running followed by strength training, and strength training followed by running. The run-strength training group came out on top with the highest exercise after burn of all.”
Does it really make a difference for us casual weight loss people? I don’t know. For the most part, I don’t combine my exercises. I know I should. My take is that some exercise is better than nothing.
My Healthcare provider has supplied me with a senior pass to the gym. I think I need to look into that this month. The participating gyms are close by so I have no excuse. I normally don’t go to a gym. They have always had large fees and you have to sign up for two years to get the monthly amount down. In recent days, many gyms are offering very inexpensive rates without any contracts. You pay by the month. If you don’t pay, you lose your pass. However, this program I have is free. One less excuse.
All of us dieters know that if we burned more calories by exercising more, we could restrict our diet less. Biggest Loser contestants lose their big amounts mainly through the hours of exercise they do every day. Most of us don’t really want to spend hours exercising.
So if I put together some exercise routines at the gym, I’ll burn more calories if I do cardio before strength. That simply means I jump on the treadmill or the bike and work out before lifting weights. Okay I can do that.