Best time for cardio / strength building?

  • bradinspace

    Posts: 4

    Jan 29, 2012 10:26 AM GMT
    Hi guys

    I've just returned to fitness after a long hiatus, aiming to jog every second day and get to the gym every other day, work permitting. The aim is to slim down a bit before building up my muscle / strength.

    My question: is there an optimum time of the day for running to lose weight, and an optimum time of the day for doing weights to build strength?

    Right now I'm running in the morning, and working out at the gym in the evenings after work. The odd day where I try to squeeze in a gym work out before work, it feels a bit... futile.

  • E_84

    Posts: 201

    Jan 29, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Regards to cardio and muscle/strength building, I don't believe there are best times of the day. It depends more on your body. Everyone's body and preferences are different.

    If you had to really go by paper:

    Cardio: Morning may be the best because your body is already in a catabolic state. Would be easier to lose weight. If you don't want you body using muscle as an energy source, eat prior.

    Muscle/strength building: Early evening as you have already consumed calories/protein throughout the day that can assist in muscle growth. Energy sources would either come from stored fat, fats eaten, and/or other foods eaten throughout.
  • mindandmuscle

    Posts: 44

    Jan 29, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    From what I've read, the best time for cardio/weight loss is in the morning, before you have any breakfast. I'm not an early riser, so that doesn't work for me.
    I think your body tells you when your best time for lifting is, when you have the most energy and are your strongest, that's when your biorhythms are at the ideal time.
    It is good, however to vary your schedule and routine occasionally, it can bump you out of a plateau.
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    Jan 29, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    The reason why your odd day in the gym before work feels futile is because it is an odd day. If you were to go to the gym at that time everyday, you would eventually have energy ready to burn then.

    Right now, you seem to be teaching your body it's going to do cardio in the morning and weights in the evening. Nothing wrong with that routine if you like it. I personally wouldn't dream of working out in the morning because I hate mornings...but now that I have an internship that starts in the mornings, I have energy then now after 2 weeks of adjustment.

    The bottom line is that you workout regularly and focus on your diet if you want to slim down. When you workout is less important.
  • bradinspace

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    Jan 30, 2012 9:02 AM GMT
    Great advice guys. Thanks.