I doubt you or anyone simply attempting to get fit needs three cardio sessions a week. CVardio is ove rated as a fitness tool, it is a one trick pony in that while it seems to burn a lot of calories the effect is transient only occurring during the active exercise. Strength training on the other hand is what is commonly called an after burn which is a continued calorie burn after the exercise session is completed. Cardio does not have the same after exercise effect.
Concentrate on your strength training, it has more benefits than cardio and over time will help to improve the quality of the cardio you do.
It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.
I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.
Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.
Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit
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35 12/20/13 10:16 P
Thanks so much all!
A nasty chest cold ended up keeping me out of the gym for a week. Have done three cardio sessions this week doing what feels like better cardio but for shorter durations (20 min). The trainer has backed off on my hips but we did some squats with the kettle ball today. Will see how I feel in the morning!
Thanks again folks - and a very happy holiday season to you!
12/9/13 9:15 A
There's a limit to how much benefit you can get with cardio so f you are dropping exercise, drop the cardio but don,t drop ST. But when you do ST you should rest a day in between, start with 2 then three sessions a week. If your body is exhausted, you should rest. At the beginning you need at least two days off a week. Totally off, or maybe just light stretching.
If hunger isn't the problem, food won't fix it.
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774 12/8/13 8:41 P
You may be doing too much too soon. I get exhausted very easily and have to watch my activity levels. I can only do 1 day a week of cardio and then I still have to be very careful that it isn't too intense.
Any good trainer will adjust their program to reflect your current level of fitness. But they are not mind readers - they don't know if they have are pushing you too far, too fast unless you tell them.
Don't be embarassed to have this conversation - any good trainer will welcome the feedback and the opportunity to fine-tune their program to the client's needs.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
12/7/13 3:30 P
also, are you eating enough??
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12/6/13 7:23 P
Sounds like you need to back off. I would keep the sessions with the trainer and ease off on the cardio a bit. Take a walk instead of running and don't necessarily work with the trainer and do cardio on the same day.
12/6/13 6:40 P
You are not going to keep momentum going. You are going to hurt yourself further, feel more miserable and quit. Back off. Your body is telling you that. Listen. You can't simple push through it. It's not a matter of willpower. Your body physically needs time to strengthen and adapt.
I would discuss this with your trainer and keep your appointments with the trainer. You are going to get more out of sessions with a good trainer than you can do on your own. Discuss what you should be doing on the other days. You need to build up slowly. It will not happen overnight.
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12/6/13 4:10 P
If you already have an injury, it's time to cut back on your workouts. If a person has been sedentary for a very long time (let themselves go), then they shouldn't try to workout for five days straight. A person should slowly ease into a routine so that their body has time to adapt. You haven't given your body time to adapt and that's why you're so exhausted.
taking classes at the gym can be a lot of fun, but don't try to do everything at once. Why not start with 1-2 classes per week IF you plan on continuing with your PT sessions. That's a workout for 3-4 times per week. What to do on the other days ? How about taking a 30 minute walk ?
You don't have to kill yourself in the gym to lose weight. When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with execise. And doing extra won't speed up your weight loss unless you plan on working out for 4-6 hours a day like they do on the Biggest Loser. That's not something I recommend.
What to do ? Slowly ease back into a routine. If you paid good money to work with your PT, continue your sessions, but back off the cardio. Take a few days off to let that injury heal.
Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.
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35 12/6/13 3:57 P
Finally back on the fitness wagon after several years away. I've really let myself go. Started back at the gym three weeks ago and with a personal trainer two weeks ago. I'm exhausted! My body just seems to need so much sleep and I'm a bit concerned.
Been doing cardio for 40 minutes 4-5x/week and the trainer has been working me hard for an hour 2x/week.
Should I push through at this pace until the ol' bod is used to it or back off a bit? I've strained my hip flexor so have taken a couple days slow with just some light cardio and cancelled today's appt with the trainer.
Just not sure how hard to go at this but want to keep the momentum going while the motivation is there.
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