For today’s Wednesday Workout, I will be answering your fitness questions! I’ll field a few that I have heard recently, then feel free to ask any (fitness related) questions in the comment section and I’ll do my best to answer. Actually, you can ask almost any question, except maybe car repair questions and I’ll answer.
You might say that I am answering questions today because I am unprepared for the usual Wednesday Workout. Or that I am lazy and just didn’t want to work out. Well, you’d be
right wrong! Well, you’d be kind of right. I had a plan this morning to video my run, but, as you’ll see tomorrow in my post, “Why I Need a GoPro,” it just didn’t work out.
#1 From Confused Carl: “I saw this on a blog the other day, and it told me to do one thing, then I read somewhere else to do the opposite. So really, what should I do first, cardio or strength?”
Ah, the question of the decade, as difficult to answer as whether the chicken or the egg came first. And the answer will be…whatever works for you.
Frequently trainers will recommend to their clients that they do their strength training first, while they are fresh and strong, and can deal with lifting heavy weights before tiring themselves out with their cardio.
My opinion is that it varies, depending on your goals. And by goals, I mean not only overall, but daily and weekly goals as well. For example, say you are a marathon runner who has added strength training to your program. Yes, you want to get strong. But what is your priority? If it is running, then get on the treadmill and do your miles while you are fresh and finish with some moderate strength training (note: I wouldn’t recommend strength training after a long run, but this may come up on other, more moderate distance, days of the week).
Or, say you are that same runner, but today you are coming to lift some serious weight, complete a tough core circuit, and have an easy run day. In that case, I’d suggest doing the weights first (after a warm up), because they are your priority for the day.
So, think about what your priorities are. Then you will know what to do first.
#2 From Clumsy Carla (no, miz, I’m not talking about you): “Do you think I should do yoga? I’d be really bad at it. I can’t touch my toes. I’m just not bendy. Plus, my balance is terrible.”
I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be rude, but did you hear what you just said? Those are exactly the things that yoga is excellent for! I know you might have images of a class full of super bendy yogis, standing on their heads in full splits, but unless you’re in the advanced class (which, ahem, I wouldn’t recommend for you yet), you will be surrounded by people just like you!
Yoga is a total body miracle workout. It will make you stronger, more flexible, and more balanced (both on one foot and in life in general). It will calm your mind, help you set priorities, and teach you to breathe (no, you don’t already know how to breathe).
Speaking of super bendy, you might not want to go this far:
#3 From Soppy Sam: “My buds tell me that hitting the beer garden after a race is the best thing for recovery. Is that true?”
Sorry, Charlie, er, Sam. Not so much. You may have been told that the carbs in beer make it a great post-workout drink, but I’m sorry to tell you that it is a poor choice. Beer is a natural diuretic, which is the opposite of what you need after a workout. Beer will make you lose more water instead of replenishing what you’ve already lost. The little bit of potassium that beer has is much better supplied by a glass of orange juice or real food accompanied with a glass of water.
So, there you have it. Whether you watched the video or read the text (or both..I love you), you have my answers. Do you agree? If not, let me know. You can also tell me if you do agree, I like that :-). Do you have any questions that you’d like answered? Promise, I’ll do my best.