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FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (29,946)
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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).

Edited by: FIELDWORKING at: 6/8/2013 (15:35)
6/8/13 8:38 A

I don't do high-intensity cardio every day. When I've tried to do so in the past, I've always quit because I overdid it.

Now I balance high-intensity days with less-stressful days, and this works well. I love to be active every single day and won't miss a workout unless I'm in-the-bed ill.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
6/7/13 9:47 P

I would take at least one day off a week from high intensity cardio. A walk, some cleaning, gardening, or a bike ride are fine, but you want to give your body a rest from high intensity workouts.

As far as ST goes, you also want to give your muscles a day to recover. If you're just starting out, you prob should consider alternating parts of the body or doing full body 2-3 days a week.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,438
6/7/13 8:52 P

I don't think that doing cardio every day is necessarily bad. But there are a couple of things you should consider.

Firstly, a rest day once a week or so lets your body recover and catch up on all the little repair jobs. This reduces your risk of injury, and ultimately helps your body perform better.

Also, any good exercise program includes BOTH strength training and cardio. You would be better off with 3 days of cardio and 3 days of ST, than with 6 of cardio only.


KELLY_R Posts: 3,022
6/7/13 7:24 P

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.

Hope this helps.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,447
6/7/13 2:29 P

If you're doing lots of high intensity cardio daily, especially if you're not eating enough, I agree that can easily stall your weight loss.

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6/7/13 2:12 P

I like doing cardio everyday but I generally will put in less time when I am strength training on the same day.

MIGHTYLISA SparkPoints: (2,452)
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6/7/13 1:02 P

I do at least 20 minutes of cardio each day for the heart benefits. If you're looking to lose weight, then strength training is definitely where you need to be spending most of your exercise time...

6/7/13 12:30 P

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.

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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.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 6/7/2013 (12:29)
REB1LOG2 Posts: 160
6/7/13 12:03 P

I was curious what is most effective for weight loss, doing cardio everyday or less? Someone at the gym told me that doing cardio everyday may actually stall results. Any opinions?

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