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Old 03-31-2014, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
jtgribs
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Default Too much cardio?

Hi guys. A little over a month ago I started a reasonable diet. Cut out sweets, sodas, and unhealthy snack foods. Replaced them with loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as home cooked meals. I am in no way starving myself.

Two weeks ago I started a gym membership. Day 1 and I was winded walking from the parking lot to the gym. Since then I've been working extremely hard and my endurance has gone through the roof. My typical day goes like this: 10 minutes on the stationary bike for a warm-up. 30 minutes of resistance training, during which I hit all my muscle groups. 2 sets of 12-15 reps. After that I hit the elliptical for at least one solid hour. No stops. No resting. One solid hour with my heart rate up to about 153. I'm 31, by the way. I only do the weights every other day, but I try to get cardio in as many days as I can throughout the week. So probably about 5 days of cardio.

I'm new to weight loss and exercise. I feel GREAT. I mean fantastic. I'm never short of breath or exhausted while on the elliptical. I don't feel like I'm straining too hard. That being said, could it be counter-productive? I want to lose weight AND put on some muscle. Is there such a thing as doing too much cardio? By the end of a workout I usually have about 800+ calories burned, which means I'm well under my allotted daily calorie limit to reach my weight-loss goals in time.

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