Which Should Be Done First to Lose Fat: Cardio or Strength?

Dear Rachel,

I’m trying to lose weight without losing muscle (or even gaining if I can) so I’m working out four times a week and trying to eat in a calorie deficit. I’m doing both cardio and strength training, but my question is: does it matter which order I do those in? Is it better to do cardio first and then weights, or the other way round? Thanks for your help!

— Recomping

Dear Recomping,

Congratulations on adopting a healthy lifestyle and taking a sensible approach to getting in shape.

Both strength training and cardio are important for our health, but trainers told me it’s important to prioritize resistance work when it comes to getting in shape — whether you start or finish with cardio depends on your personal preference.

Excerpted from Insider

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