(Closed) Intense cardio every other day – is it effective enough?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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 # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!

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