That's the question I felt like I was answering the other day when a gym-bunny came to me to decide if she should take the indoor cycling class or the strength training class? "Nic, which one is more beneficial, the cycling class or weights?". I didn't mean to have "the look" on my face but I was confused because to me it was like asking "Nic, which came first, the chicken or the egg?"!
Cardio training and strength training go hand in hand. It doesn't matter which on comes first, as long as you get them in. Having said that, if you are doing them both on the same day, I would suggest getting your cardio in first and your strength training second. That way you pre-fatigue the body and prepare it for light, medium or even heavy weight lifting. (Check with your local trainer)
Cardio training is short for cardiovascular training. Cardiovascular is a reference to your heart. When you perform cardio exercises, you raise your heart rate with a goal to keep it elevated for a certain period of time. This will strengthen your heart, lungs and boost your metabolism.
Strength training is a great way to exercise muscle, keep your body strong and burn fat. You don't have to be, what I call a "muscle head" to get started. All you need to get started is your body and the will power to move. Just an fyi, endurance strength training is training the muscles for long period of time. By doing this, you will burn more fat long after you have completed your workout. Again, check with your doctor, local gym or trainer to see what will work best for you!
If you are looking to GET FIT effectively, I would suggest the following:
Incorporate both cardio and strength training in your weekly workout plan. Split them up and do not go back to back. Muscles need time to recover.
I would suggest 3 days of cardio training and 2 days of strength training is a great way to get you to your fitness goal.
For better results, stay consistent with your workout plan. Workout around the same time everyday if possible. "Commit to be Fit"
Challenge yourself each week by adding a little more weight and running/walking/cycling a little bit further. Increments of 5-10 lbs and running 5-7 minutes longer than before will build your stamina.
Make sure you feed your body the proper food before and after every workout by drinking plenty of water, loading up on fruits, vegetables and getting the proper protein needed to build healthy muscles.
So, if you don't know which came first. . .the chicken OR the egg. . .does it really matter?
GET IT IN where it fits in!