Fitness Minutes: (61,453)
735 6/8/13 3:34 P
I think a lot depends on the kind of cardio you are doing each day. I do cardio 5 days/week (Monday-Friday). Sometimes, I'll go for a walk on Saturday. I tend to push myself hard (I guess you can call it high intensity) at least 2x/week and then take it a little easier the next day. I do enjoy getting all sweaty each time I do cardio. I have to remember to take it a little easier when I do cardio if I plan on doing my strength training later in the day.
I guess a lot depends on your goals (endurance, general fitness, marathon, weight loss, etc.).
Edit: I do strength training 3x/week at home (typically Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; sometimes it's Tues, Thurs, Sat depending on my schedule).
Cardio is great for your respiratory system... however, I wouldn't make that my ONLY form of exercise.
Strength training plays a huge role on successful weight loss (the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism and therefore the more calories you burn even while at rest.)
I'm not sure if you're asking if just doing cardio every day will contribute to a well-rounded fitness routine, or if you're asking if doing cardio every day on top of doing strength training is a bad idea.
Personally, I like to allow my body some focus for the day. If it's a ST day, I just focus on ST. The only "cardio" I'll do on a ST day is a quick 5-minute warm-up.
My first point is that cardio is the least important form of exercise for fat loss, strength work trumps it hands down. This statement is research based not an anecdotal opinion. Can you do it every day? Sure but be advised that the research has demonstrated that steady state cardio elicits the stress hormone cortisol which is a fat retaining hormone.
My opinion? Why bother there are better uses of your workout time.
Fitness Minutes: (221,925)
21,706 6/7/13 12:29 P
I take a walk every day. There is absolutely no reason you can't be active in some way every day. However, what you don't want to do is intense exercise day after day. Doing the right amount of exercise will keep our bodies fit and strong, too much could actually break down our immune system.
There is a misconception (and I blame the Biggest Loser) that a person has to kill themselves with exercise to lose weight. This isn't true. In order to lose weight and keep it off, a person has to eat right. 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 exercise.
If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right and watch your portions.
Exercise can only help a person lose weight IF a caloric deficit is created. However, if a person exercises too much, that could actually cause their appetite to increase, which in turn will cause them to eat more. So, in theory, doing more exercise "might" hinder your weight loss IF you don't create that deficit.
Once again, what most people don't realize is that what you eat really matters most if you want to lose weight.
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