Post # 1
I need to lose about 30 lbs and I generally do intense elliptical cardio for 45-60 minutes. I got off track because I had the flu, but now I am seeing doing this rate of exercise negatively effects a vascular disease I have. I want to do this cardio every other day, and on my “off” days do yoga. Do you think this will still be effective? I eat pretty healthy and keep my calories around 1300/day.
Post # 3
The diet is the most important thing in losing weight. It sounds like you are restricting your calories so you should be able to lose weight that way. On days that you do an intense workout, you might be able to get away with eating a few more calories to make sure you are getting enough energy to power through the exercise.
Post # 4
If you have a vascular disease, I think you should speak with your doctor to come up with an appropriate training plan for you.
I think your plan sounds good, definitely. Also, our bodies do need some rest to recover, so intense cardio every day might not be the best way to train anyway.
Usually, it’s important to not do just cardio, but also some strength training (weights, yoga, pilates, whatever works). Cardio training burn more calories when you train; but muscles burn lots of calories throughout the day even when resting. So, strength training builds muscle mass, which in turn burn calories all day long.
Post # 5
Also, ditto @missASB… the nutrition is the most important part in weight loss… The rest is also helpful, but not as important as eating well… Keeps you healthy and helps you tone up, though!
Post # 6
Thanks! Doctor said it should be fine regardless, but I don’t like the discomfort I feel from doing it every day.
Post # 7
If the doctor says your cardio is okay – then doing it every other day should help get you the results you want (and keep you feeling okay). Right now I’m doing hard core cardio 1-3 times a week (always on Mondays and maybe on Saturdays or Sundays if I’m not a complete lump) and Pilates on Tuesdays-Thursday (I’ve cut Wednesdays as of this week) and was still losing weight and toning up.
It’s all about moderation! You’ll love it more if you feel good doing it!