As this week begins, I want to encourage everyone to do some sort of exercise tonight if you haven't already. It doesn't have to be much, but you want to set the pace for the year early. Do some push ups, planks, and some burpees and call it a night!
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1. Set a goal
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If you can't do those 3 things, you're in luck! I am starting a fitness boot camp in the next couple weeks. It will be 4 days a week for a super low rate! More information coming soon. Now to the topic of this blog post.
So...cardio...the thing we are so fond of..
Should it be done in the morning before breakfast?
Or should it be done after your workout? or before?
There are pros and cons for each...and I am going to lightly discuss some of them. But there is one very simple point I want to get across - and this is the main takeaway from this article.
It does not matter.
Why? Because cardio needs to be done. Period. You can do any of those options and see great results, but remember the thing that I am always talking about is longevity. I, personally, am a fan of fasted cardio. I think that gives the best results. But I hate doing it! I can convince myself to do it 3 or 4 days for a couple weeks, but am I likely to do it long-term?
Honestly, probably not.
Pick the one that you dislike doing the least. (I didn't say "the one you like doing" because none of us like doing it!)
For me, it is a mix. On my days where I have to wake up before the sun, I do post-workout cardio.
If you're forcing yourself to do something, you won't do it long.
On the other days I will do it fasted.
So, what is more effective?
Fasted cardio (doing cardio before you eat) is great because this is when you are at your lowest amount of glycogen. However, many professionals absolutely hate this method, as they say it burns off too much muscle...If you're goal is to retain muscle, fasted cardio may not be for you. But if you are looking to burn fat then it absolutely is! The question it comes down to is what is more important? To me, burning fat is, so fasted cardio wins every time.
Post-workout cardio is better for people who want to maintain muscle mass. This method makes a lot of sense to me. After lifting weights, your body has used up some of your glycogen, which basically means you can burn fat faster. To put it simply, your body uses glycogen for energy. When it has used up it's glycogen stores, it resorts to fat for energy.
Now, the one that I recommend last is pre-workout cardio. By the time you finish, you will be exhausted before you touch a dumbbell. But still...doing any cardio is better than none!
Again, I stress that the right way to do cardio is just doing it. Ignore the science and listen to your body. If you feel like doing cardio at 7am and lifting weights at 7pm, there is no reason you shouldn't.
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