Cardio 7x a week

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    Jul 26, 2008 12:55 AM GMT
    Is it okay to do cardio for 30 -45 mins a day 7x a week?
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    Jul 26, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    I'm inclined to say,"no", and I have done it too.

    Our bodies need some time to recover from exercise, so we can heal, rest and be ready to make new gains. Give yourself one day off/week, at least.

    I swtiched to this philosphy a couple years back and it has improved my vigor.
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    Aug 04, 2008 2:28 AM GMT
    Listen to your body. If you're doing light to moderate cardio, it's probably ok. I run 5-6 days a week and I typically find that the harder the work outs I incorporate, the more rest I need.
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    Aug 04, 2008 11:05 PM GMT
    If you want your body to looking like an endurance runner and not gain or even retain existing muscle then yes
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    Aug 04, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    i do about 12 minutes of cardio like 3 or 4 days a week icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 05, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    I've definitely tried to do it everyday, up to exhaustion, even though I know that it is not too healthy.

    For example, I've upped my cardio by 100% a few days ago, instead of the recommended 10% and I burned out today.

    I know, I know.....but it's addictive more than logical; no need to call me out for being stupid. icon_redface.gif

    But to answer your question----- I don't think you need a doctor to tell you that moderation is key to everything.
    Maybe you can do something else because it is pointless to do that same activity everyday, especially if you run into diminishing marginals.

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    Aug 05, 2008 3:01 PM GMT
    even those people who just run need a break. its ok to run and to run a lot, but to go 40 plus mins everyday is a little ambitious, especially if you also are incorporating weights in your routine. I try to run at least 5 times a week, but even then somedays its a 20 min run, some days its a 50 minute run, but I am always sure to incorporate a few light days a coupl of rest days.
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    Aug 06, 2008 1:41 AM GMT
    Brett_T saidIs it okay to do cardio for 30 -45 mins a day 7x a week?


    It depends on what your goals are.

    If you're trying to get leaner, that amount of cardio would be very effective. If you're trying to gain muscle mass, it would be counterproductive.
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:14 AM GMT
    I heard that the fat target heart beat was bunk?
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    Aug 06, 2008 3:29 AM GMT

    It's a good way to slim up quick if you have some kind of event in a week. Lol, no worries at all about you making 40 minutes of running a daily habit, your entire body would object to that one and believe me when it wants to rest, it willrest.
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    Aug 06, 2008 3:39 AM GMT
    it's not that it doesn't work, as you know any cardio is good. I've just read it's not as effective.

    http://exercise.about.com/cs/cardioworkouts/l/aa022601a.htm

    The body does burn a higher percentage of calories from fat in the 'fat burning zone' or at lower intensities. But, at higher intensities, you burn a greater number of overall calories which is what you should be concerned about when trying to lose weight.