Why You Should Do Weights Before Cardio

Lifehacker | 4/1/2017 | Staff
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If you can only work out a couple days per week, you probably do both your lifting and cardio exercises on the same days. While that’s not ideal, you can maximize the benefits if you lift before you run. Here’s why.

As youtuber PictureFit explains in this video, it largely comes down to your glycogen, a stored form of glucose you can metabolize quickly for energy. Both lifting and cardio exercises require glycogen, and if you have too little of it stored in your muscles your workouts will suffer. Your lifting routine, however, will suffer the most because it requires quick bursts of energy provided by your glycogen stores. Cardio’s glycogen burn, on the other hand, is slow and steady, meaning you can train your body to do it with low glycogen levels, and it may even increase your performance over time.

Factor - Play - Body - Production - Enzymes

Another factor at play is the body’s production of certain enzymes during exercise. The enzyme mTOR is essential for muscle growth, and your body produces it when you lift. But AMPK, an enzyme produced by low-intensity...
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