Cardio workouts twice a day too much?

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    Jan 23, 2008 9:24 AM GMT
    My trainer told me that my weight training is coming along well and my cardio is good. Yet, if I want the results I am looking for; I need to increase my cardio. Currently, I swim, walk, and use the ecliptical machine.

    My question is this: If I walk in the morning at work (30 story bldg) and use the stairs instead of elevator...lets say 20-30 minutes. Every other day, during lunch use the ecliptical machine at the office gym for roughly 30 minutes depending on the wait. Finally, three to four evenings a week, swim up to a mile each session.

    Would I be hurting myself or doing long term injury? Oh, I forgot that I stretch before each activity.
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    Jan 23, 2008 9:30 AM GMT
    whats your goal? ie what are you doing the cardio for?

    You obviously work in an office, which is pretty sedentary compared to manual workers who could be getting a cardio workout all day long

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    Jan 23, 2008 9:35 AM GMT
    Thank you for your response and good question.

    In December, I weighed 265 lbs and now under 250 lbs. My blood pressure was 124/ 94 and now 102/76. The goal is to get back down to roughly 185 - 190 lbs and fit into my nicer clothes. Most importantly, that my doctor will take me off my medications (Blood pressure & goat).
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    Jan 23, 2008 9:57 AM GMT
    well I give the usual answer you have a choice eat more exercise more or eat less and train less, either way the training needs to match your calorie intake with the diet. It takes seconds to eat 500 calories but an hour to burn them off through exercise

    Will it do any harm? Theoreticaly no, you could be active all day as I mentioned before. I would take into account your gout and blood pressure tho both of which wouldnt want undue stresses and strains on them. Depends how serious it is, I would personally raise your training and diet plans with your doctor tho to make sure everything is working together and in your favour.

    What I personaly would say is this tho, you are questioning this training approach, which means potentially your motivation is waining. Its a long hard slog to get the weight off not a marathon and the mentality of "Run fat boy run" from trainers annoys the hell out of me as it shows ignorance. The thing that will motivate you to keep going is results, if you can achieve those results in the simplest manner to suit the way you wanna work out that is what will motivate you and keep ya going.
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    Jan 23, 2008 10:08 AM GMT
    First off, congrats on the loss and I commend you on your new health goals.

    2-a-days are a great way to jump start that metabolism there guy. I think you will be fine as long as you are getting plenty of rest at night.

    For me--> I would hate to know I had to work after climbing 30 stories. I sweat like a pig! icon_redface.gif

  • Jan 24, 2008 1:58 AM GMT
    Stay motivated and continue to exert yourself. As bfg has written, monitor your caloric intake. I've found the following free web based log helpful:

    http://www.fitday.com

    Listen to your body. It's easy to get overzealous. Good luck.
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    Jan 27, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    no, there is no such thing as too much cardio. depending what shape you are in and what your body can stand, i say do as much as you can stand. i have stretches where all i do is cardio. run at the gym, play basketball, then play baseball game at night. hell, there are many ways to do cardio other than boring tread mill at the gym.
    you mentioned swimming, thats awsome, try freesbie, yes freesbie for one hour full out, it amazing.

    good luck with your training bro !!
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    Jan 27, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    hey teufelhunde_78 - that is just what I've been looking for in a free tracking log. Thanks for posting!

    Moose- you know your body better then anyone. If you are getting strange pain or shortness of breath then I'd say cut back But if your feeling good then keep it up, your body will adjust to the extra cardio in time. Although you do run the risk of burning yourself out.
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    Jan 29, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    thatcycleguy saidFirst off, congrats on the loss and I commend you on your new health goals.

    2-a-days are a great way to jump start that metabolism there guy. I think you will be fine as long as you are getting plenty of rest at night.

    For me--> I would hate to know I had to work after climbing 30 stories. I sweat like a pig! icon_redface.gif


    i always get nervous that too much running will cause early onset joint problems. . . to make it a little more specific, would an hour-long run in the morning before work and then an hour-long run in the evening after work be okay (assuming 65-85% of max bpm)? What about throwing in 45-60 mins of weights after the evening run?

    I guess the overall question is where the line is drawn between healthy training and overtraining.
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    Jan 29, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    nickio said[quote][cite]thatcycleguy said[/cite]First off, congrats on the loss and I commend you on your new health goals.

    2-a-days are a great way to jump start that metabolism there guy. I think you will be fine as long as you are getting plenty of rest at night.

    For me--> I would hate to know I had to work after climbing 30 stories. I sweat like a pig! icon_redface.gif


    i always get nervous that too much running will cause early onset joint problems. . . to make it a little more specific, would an hour-long run in the morning before work and then an hour-long run in the evening after work be okay (assuming 65-85% of max bpm)? What about throwing in 45-60 mins of weights after the evening run?

    I guess the overall question is where the line is drawn between healthy training and overtraining.[/quote]

    especially when carrying excess weight. Not too mention its hugely inefficient. The health impact of extra weight is far far greater and here and now than the impact of wether you run or not.

    Running is for weightloss not fat loss its also great for stretch marks and lose skin all that lovely friction from bouncing around as the weight dissapears along with diminishing supporting muscles.