Should I do cardio before or after my workout?

Should you do cardio before or after your workout?
Should you do cardio before or after your workout?

A very common question people wonder is if you should do your cardio before or after your workout. In my opinion, there is a very simple answer to this. You can probably find dozens of “studies” on the internet that show that you get better results if you do your cardio first. I also am betting that you can find many, many articles saying you should do your cardio afterward. Essentially, for calorie burning and fat loss, it doesn’t make much difference either way. You are still burning the same number of calories, and you are still driving up your metabolism.

Some people say you should do it afterward, because then your metabolism will be spiked and you will be burning more calories throughout the rest of the day. True, but it’s also true that if you do your workout after cardio, you will also be spiking your metabolism and burning more calories throughout the day. You understand where I am coming from?

The answer to this question in my opinion is doing your cardio first. Why? It’s very simple. If you do your cardio before you hit the weights, your body will be much looser and warmed up. Not only will this help prevent injuries, but since you are warming up your muscles and prepping them for your workout, you will most likely be able to lift heavier weight. Now this is not true if you are exhausting yourself doing an hour or more of cardio before you work out. I have found that doing cardio first absolutely helps my workouts. I usually do about 15 minutes of cardio, which is a good amount to get my muscles warmed up and a light sweat going while not getting tired enough to affect my workout.

So don’t overcomplicate things. It is very easy to read multiple conflicting stories and get confused. It’s not going to make any significant difference in your physique whether you do cardio before or after your workout. What makes sense is to do it first, so you can warmup and protect your muscle and joints, so you can have a better workout with less risk of injuries.

Let us know what you think! Comment below whether you prefer to do cardio before or after you hit the weights!

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