Is it possilbe to do TOO MUCH cardio?

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 20:03
Hi everyone...I'm 21, 5'2", 133, and I want to lose 10-15 pounds this summer. Since school has ended, I've had A LOT of extra time, and I've been spending a lot of this time in the gym. Three days a week, I get up early before work at do 45 minutes of moderate to intense cardio on the elliptical, and often go back to the gym in the evening for 30-45 minutes more of elliptical plus 30 minutes on the stationary bike. On other days, I just do 45 minutes of elliptical and 30 minutes on the stationary bike.

So my question is this: Is there such a thing as doing too much cardio? I exercise a lot because I truly enjoy it. I also want to be able to have a bit more of liberal anyone have any insight on this?

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 23:13
Its hard to do too much cardio! If you wake up energized each morning
then that is a good sign that you are not over doing it. Chart your cardio with your food intake on this site and you will do great! Watch the tour de france on TV this summer .. these guys ride all day. Then wake up and do it again! Of course if you exercise like you do then there is room to eat a ton of your favorite foods, but eat healthy because you do not want your cardio slowed down. Mainly avoid the transfats and lots of white processed sugar. Nearly everything else is game!

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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 23:21
There's too much of anything, but I think what you're doing sounds fine. You like it, you feel good. If it is not interfering with your life, I don't see anything wrong with it. Make sure you do get the extra calories you need and you're good to go. Just monitor your body to make sure you don't injure yourself.

Sounds awesome, honestly! Wish I had the time Smile
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Posted: 29 Jun 2010, 23:38
Wow. I covet your energy! ;-D

I would be concerned about a couple things. First, hydration. Not necessarily when you're exercising, but afterward. We keep burning for almost an hour after intense exercise so even though you're back doing your daily routine, your body is still pumping. That's the time we have to really replenish our bodies. The biggest obstacle for a lot of people in weight loss is dehydration. The balance of salts (electrolytes) in your body effect your hormones which effect just about every function of your body. When you don't have enough h2o in you, your bodily systems don't function according to manufacturer spec. Not only will you retain water, you won't be removing important toxins as effectively from your system which can add deceptive bulk. It doesn't take much dehydration to start throwing your body's delicate chemical balance off.

The second thing I would be concerned about is nutrition. I looked at your diet calendar and I think it's great that you want to build wiggle room into your diet. It's realistic. But if you're going to push your body that hard, you have to support it. At best it won't cooperate in your efforts because it thinks it's some kind of zombie apocalypse famine where you run all the time and it doesn't get all its nutrients. It will horde everything you put in it. At worst, a body that isn't fed doesn't function so you're taxing your organs, your hormonal systems, your immune system... Are you taking any supplements?

It's been proven that a combination of cardio AND weight training is the most effective way to lose weight because you're burning fat two different ways, thermogenically (cardio) and metabolically (strength training). I'm sure you've heard that muscle burns more than fat. It burns all the time, even when you're asleep and is the key to increasing metabolism. If you're looking to maximize your weight loss you would really benefit from some Resistance training. Working with bands or your own body weight will create long, lean muscles that will not only burn calories but will also make your weight loss look even better. I would look into yoga and Pilates, or ask a trainer at your gym to show help you craft a workout with resistance bands. A little muscle can make a *world* of difference!

Keep up the great work!
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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 07:59
Wow thanks everyone! I'm not too concerned about my hydration level, since I drink 3-4 liters of water a day! I carry around a liter bottle, so it's always there any time I feel thirsty (or sometimes even if I don't). I will definitely work on adding some resistance training. Also, I take vitamins. I'm embarrassed that you looked at my food diary, all I've been eating lately is BBQ! My sister's graduation party was last weekend, and my parents gave me the leftovers...and I'm too cheap to let them go to waste!

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 11:19
As long as your at 70 - 80% of your max your gold. Going over that may stress you. Also I wouldn't stay in at a training rate (70 - 80 max hr) for more than an hour at one sitting.

Also, don't push weight around twice a day, that's a quick way to injury... But I don't believe there is a such thing as too much aerobic exercise, but how much you do and the intensity is all about your goals.

Just listen to your body and if you feel like your going to intense then slow up. I go twice a day every day and just stay around 70% for 30 - 45 mins unless it's a training day then i do card in morning and train in evening.

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 16:50
That's a LOT of cardio.

If your goal is fat loss, you could cut your time in half if you wanted by doing high intensity interval training.

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Strength training will help your weight loss efforts significantly as well.

Best of luck.
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