Status:Closed Asked:Jan 24, 2013 - 04:05 PM
When is the best time to do the aerobic part of your work out. First, last or in the middle?
I usually walk on the treadmill or use the eliciptal machine for 30 minutes before I do my upper or lower body workout with weights. I have been told that it is better to do the upper and lower body work outs and then do the treadmill. I have also been told it is better to do 10 minutes of aerobic excersize, do the weights and then do more aerobic. What really is the best?
As with most exercise programs, the answer to this question depends on your goals. Generally speaking, you should first perform the activity at which you are most interested in improving because you will have more energy to complete it at the beginning of a workout session versus at the end. For example, if your goal is to improve muscle strength, focus on weight-lifting exercises first and then add in your cardio. If your goal is to improve aerobic performance (for example, preparing for an upcoming running event such as a 5 K), do your cardio first and then focus on resistance training afterward. Some exercisers choose to avoid the issue altogether by alternating cardio workout days and resistance training days.
Lastly, a very effective approach that is worth considering is to combine both resistance and aerobic training in intervals throughout the exercise session in a format called circuit training. This type of conditioning is perfect for most people who are interested in improving overall health and general fitness.
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