Should I do cardio before or after lifting weights?

Should I do cardio before or after lifting weights?

Do cardio exercise first to lose weight.

Do your cardio (aerobic exercise) before lifting weights if your goal is weight loss.

4 reasons to do cardio before lifting weights:

  1. To lose weight, you want to burn the maximum number of calories during exercise.
  2. Cardio burns more calories than lifting weights.
  3. Doing cardio before lifting weights means you’ll be doing cardio when you have the most energy. This will maximize the number of calories you burn.
  4. With more energy, you can do cardio at a higher intensity and/or for a longer period of time.
In summary:

You can maximize the number of calories you burn during your workout by doing the activity that burns the most calories when you have the most energy, which is usually at the beginning of your workout.

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