The Great Cardio Myth

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The Great Cardio Myth

There is this horrible misperception in our society about fat loss. A lot of people think that if you starve yourself and do two or three hours of cardio each day, the fat is just going to melt off. Actually, performing too much cardio will put your body in a catabolic state and burn hard-earned muscle. The loss of muscle will not only reduce strength, but it will also slow down your metabolism. If your metabolism slows down too much, you’ll have a tough time burning fat.

There’s no exact answer for how much cardio is too much. But if you’re not a distance runner, anything over 60-70 minutes per day is likely counterproductive—especially if you aren’t consuming enough protein or calories to support the daily caloric expenditure. In order to build or maintain muscle, you need to eat enough food.

 

Symptoms of Cardio Overload

Too much cardiovascular training will also lead to injuries and over-training issues like aches and pains. You can also suffer from consistent bouts of fatigue and mood changes. Lots of running can also make your cortisol levels rise, which may suppress your immune system. Often, marathon runners experience colds and respiratory infections after they race because of their higher cortisol levels. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s probably a sign you need to cut back the cardio.

Train Smart

Working out is supposed to be fun; it shouldn’t be some long, arduous chore. If you are in the gym for more than an hour per day doing aerobic training, you’re probably overtraining. If you’re not in the business of marathon running or long-distance biking, this much cardio will take you 10 steps backwards instead of 10 steps forward.

It’s always good to remember that more is not always better. Be smart about your training. Keep it hard intense and efficient to burn fat, and most importantly, preserve muscle.

 

 

 

 

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Al Nuttall is the founder and Personal Trainer of Peak Performance 365 based in Cairns, in Far North Queensland. He's a firm believer that you can achieve anything you put your mind to and, as a testament, he lives his life by that philosophy. He will set out achievable goals and develop a plan on how to reach them. Will power and hard work will do the rest. Changing your lifestyle isn’t meant to be easy but the rewards will definitely be worth all the effort in the end. So what are you waiting for? GIve Al a call and start to be the best you can be... everyday!

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