Should You Do Cardio Before or After Lifting Weights?

Start with bodyweight exercises or light weights 

When people start pulling weights for the first time, they might set too high of goals. Walding told GoodRx Health that people who are just starting out shouldn't do too much at once because it could hurt their muscles or joints.

Learn proper weight lifting form

Choose a few types of lifts for each session and learn to do them well. That’s more important than adding a range of strength training moves you don’t know how to do. 

Consider hiring a personal trainer 

If you don't know how to start pulling weights or are new to it, working with a personal trainer can help. You can learn the right way to do exercises and get help making a plan that includes both cardio and power training with the help of a trainer.

Progress very gradually 

Walding says that with each new workout, you should put in about 2% more effort. In this case, that could mean doing one more rep than the last time.

Choose free weights rather than machines 

Machines for strength training can be helpful, but Walding says that free weights or resistance bands tend to make moving better more quickly.

Pick cardio  you love 

Walding says that if your exercise is fun, you're much more likely to stick with it. Try out different choices until you find the one that works best for you.

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