Here's another question from a reader:
Question for you Tony. When I work out what my low intensity heart rate is, I get 116. I've been getting on the treadmill and walking after lifting weights and it' been 130-140 right when I start and when I keep the treadmill around 2.5 mph, it hovers around 150. So should I take a break between lifting and cardio? Let myself settle and then build it back up to 116ish?
That brings up another thing. Cardio before or after lifting? What worked for you?
Thanks again for doing these Tips. It's like you read my mind because I've been meaning to look up optimal heart rate for weight loss.
Answer: I suggest doing your cardio right after working out with maybe only 5 minuets in between to catch your breath if you need to. When i lost my weight I always did cardio after I lifted weights and many professional bodybuilders also do this to stay lean. If you don't feel like you're pushing yourself too hard when doing your cardio I'd say having your heart rate around 150 is fine. Take deep breaths and just try to relax while doing it and your heart rate will most likely drop a bit. Also, the formula for determining heart rate is not exact. I know you're very active in outdoor activities and therefore your heart is probably stronger than the formula can account for. Over time you will learn what feels right for you, so for now just do your cardio at a pace you feel like you're not straining yourself. Again, don't do anything without the ok of your doctor first and stop if you feel out of breath or any pain.
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what to do. Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.
Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him. He lists general guidelines and suggestions only. He is NOT a professional.