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The Optimal Workout Sequence: When to add cardio?
Did You Know: mouth breathing is killing you.
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The Optimal Workout Sequence
Cardio before your workout might be ruining your progress.
Yep, I said it. You get done with a quick cardio session and go straight into your strength workout. You feel tired and like you can't lift as much.
That's because you can't recruit as many motor units when you're tired.
What are motor units? We’re glad you asked.
Motor units are like teams in your muscles, consisting of a special cell called a motor neuron and muscle fibers.
The motor neuron sends messages to the muscle fibers, telling them when to move. Now, not all motor units are the same. Some are bigger and stronger than others.
When we need to lift a heavy box, our brain calls in the big, strong motor units to help. But if we just need to write with a pencil, our brain calls in the smaller motor units.
So if your goal is to gain strength, keep the cardio at the end of the session.
This way you can use your muscles full potential and won't be held back by fatigue.
More on the different types of muscle fibers you use in upcoming bites.
Learn to Scramble Well(ness):
While eating your lunch, waiting for your lunch, or letting go of your lunch, try our wellness-themed word scramble. It's one word a day, and you can find the answer at the bottom of this newsletter - good luck!
Did You Know? Like Really Know…
Raise your hand if you're a mouth breather. 👀
If you raised your hand, I have something for you.
But before that, challenge yourself by reading this section only breathing through your nose, no mouth breathing.
The nose is designed for the respiratory system, while the mouth is used for communication and digestion.
The nose has four different air-filtering mechanisms.
The mouth has only one, the tonsils.
Nose breathing has tons of benefits like:
Calming effect on your mind and body.
Improved focus and concentration.
Increased energy levels.
Regulation of blood pressure.
If you're a mouth breather, you might be familiar with the following experiences:
Irregular blood pressure regulation.
Some people experience a suffocating sensation and fear that they might literally die if they can't breathe through their mouth. Seriously!
If it's difficult for you to breathe through your nose, talk with your doctor.
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