(Closed) Dying at cardio

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Basically I think what you’re experiencing is fatigue, and fatigue is brought on usually by exceeding your target heart rate. In other words, you’re working out too hard to last as long as you want. I would recommend buying/using a heart rate monitor. When your rate stays within the target zone, you will be able to sustain your activity level. There are calculators and things online you can use to determine, based on age and goals, what your heart rate should be while you do cardio.

Also, being hydrated helps. Drink throughout exercising. And for me, I find what fatigues me the most is heat! I get sooooo hot when I exercise that I will actually feel like I have to stop not because I’m tired but because I am so freaking hot. So I actually put a small fan on during cardio activity (this of course is not possible if youre working out oustide). And one more thing….I like to do cardio before any resistance training. After lifting weights or doing other strength training exercises, my muscles are tired and I can’t go as long.

Those are my tips. I know it’s frustrating but try to stick with it. Congrats on your results so far!


Post # 4
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t know what it is for you specifically but I know for myself I definitly have to get past the chatter in my head. I think I’m going to die, when in realty I can totally go farther. What I have done to keep going is put together a really good mix on my iPod. Then I focus on ONLY the music. It’s really hard to do at first but it has helped. When you are not thinking about the fact that you are going to break down, you can go even farther. As far as plyo goes, that is tough. The only way I made it through P90X is that I had a buddy I did it with. That’s my other suggestion, I love gym buddies.

Don’t get down on yourself. You can totally do this! 🙂

Post # 5
1405 posts
Bumble bee

The side stitch is a symptom of being dehyrated.  You can’t perform if you do not have enough water in your system. 

Post # 7
361 posts
Helper bee

If you enjoy the intensity of P90x, you might want to check out the Insanity workout. It’s all cardio, and not nearly as high impact on your joints. But be warned, it isn’t called Insanity because it’s a walk in the park.

ETA: Just offering a suggestion for an end goal cardio workout that isn’t high impact. While P90x is a good workout, I have joint issues and can’t do the high impact, so I settled for Insanity. I can’t finish a full workout, but I do my best and slow down when I need to and keep my target heart rate where it should be. I have goals though!

Post # 8
1405 posts
Bumble bee

I teach an aerobics program and work full time.  I drink 84 oz of water in the afternoon.  Right before class I drink another 20 oz with an amino acid powder dissolved and then I drink another 20 oz after class.   Wink

I still think you need more water since you say your office is hot – esp. since you are getting side cramps. 

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