is there anyreason i shouldnt be doing cardio everyday?

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  1. Boosh Dag

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    I'm new to this world and have started going to the gym regularly. I do 4 miles on an eliptical in about 40 minutes pretty much everyday either as the only thing i do for the day or after i lift. Is there any reason I shouldnt do this everyday? Or should I be doing more cardio if i can?

    I'm trying to just get into generally good shape.


    thanx.
     
  2. HopHead

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    I do between 25-40 minutes of low intensity cardio 5 days a week. The hardest part is getting past the boredom, but coupled with weight lifting it really helps my fat loss. It depends on your goals.
     
  3. Mitchj

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    If your trying to lose weight, definetly not. But 4 miles in 40 minutes is extremely slow. You could try upping the speed?

    I used to run 3 miles in 16 minutes... I'm sure proper running would outweigh jogging for losing weight.
     
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    oh deffinately. i have found just a good running race (not jogging) does way more for you than say 40 misn on a bike. can't say much about the eliptical..never tried it
     
  5. Boosh Dag

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    my heart rate is around 160-170 the entire time im on the thing. I'm doing this starting from doing absolutly nothing for the last 6 years. I guess ill keep at it and try to get faster.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about the calories burned or the distance calculators on any cardio machine, it's worthless. Just don't lie to yourself about your intensity and you'll be fine and yeah- depends on your goals how much cardio you want/need to do.
     
  7. Mitchj

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    You would be best to find somewhere close to your home to just go jogging/running. Get yourself 3-4 miles worth of loop, then trying to improve your time.

    You need something to inspire you to keep pushing the limit, cutting down your time for the circuit is the best thing. Plus proper running > running on gym equipment.
     
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    I agree, 4 miles for 40 minutes is rather slow...

    My god that is fast. that would have been top 4 at the last 5k I ran....
     
  9. Mitchj

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    I used to be into competition running in high school, iv given it up completely now though. you lose too much weight running, id much prefer right now to work on bulking up :o
     
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    I just walk on 12-13 incline on the tredmil at about 3.5 mph
     
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    Distance on an elliptical does *not* equate to running speed for distance in any way.
     
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    3 miles at 5:20/mile is impressive, not 'normal'
     
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    :hsugh: . So what you are saying is that ellipticals magically change how much a mile equates to?
     
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    I'm saying that a mile on the elliptical doesn't have jack to do with how fast you run an actual mile.
     
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    I see.
     
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    It's spring time. Get outside and run, nothing better to me than hitting the street and just going. :)
     
  18. 007

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    walking 4 miles, will burn as much fat as jogging 4 miles, still the same distance covered.
     
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    I'm not sure about that. There are biomechanical reasons why we walk and it's mainly because walking is more energy-efficient than running/jogging. Dunno if it would make a noticeable difference though.
     
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    Running does burn slightly more calories overall than walking- it's a matter of intensity. Running isn't going to be the right exercise for everyone though.
     
  21. Mischa

    Mischa Laugh. It won't kill you.

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    Do HIIT, you will have way more time.
     
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    HIIT is not the answer to everything. You wouldn't want to be doing HIIT every single day anyways. Some steady-state stuff is good.
     
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    Mischa Laugh. It won't kill you.

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    I know. but why do cardio every single day when you don't have to?
     
  24. Mitchj

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    sort of. Its quick, but not super quick. It took lots of effort to get those speeds, i felt i couldnt get much quicker either.

    But when i begun doing 3 miles, i'd be doing it in 20-21 minutes. You just need to keep going, working on getting your times down.
     
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    I don't think it's a matter of "have to". I think it's a matter of investment of time. You only help your overall health if you dedicate a small portion of your day to cardio exercise. I keep looking at my non-lifting days, and think "I could sit on my ass for 40 minutes, watching TV before I go to work... or I could go jog and miss another re-run of Saved By the Bell on TBS."
     
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