Exercising Makes Me Happy

A thumping heart is your body’s way of saying thank you. 

Cardio seems to be everyone’s favourite activity right about now and given the current situation we are all trying to incorporate this into our daily routine. 

I want to stress how important it is that you still ensure you prioritise strength training in order to build your muscle and also to preserve muscle tissue. The other thing is if you choose to do cardio, do it at the end of your workout.

There is a perfectly logical reason for this:

The first source of energy that you will use are your glycogen stores also known as carbs. These are easy for your body to use and also, they provide energy very quickly. 

When it comes to resistance training you need to ensure that your glycogen stores are fully stocked up in order to provide us with enough energy for the sets and reps that you complete. 

Now you have finished your weight training and you have used your glycogen stores, it means that when you start cardio, your fat burning process will begin sooner than it would do if you begin your exercise with a fully stocked tank of glycogen. 

Through using your greatest energy source for your workout, it also means that you will be able to put more into the training session and it will most likely increase the post-lift caloric expenditure due to the body’s increase in a need for recovery.