Chronic Cardio

Chronic Cardio

Chronic Cardio Questions

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by 30 · 9 minutes ago

Is the lack of complex carbohydrates in eating Paleo the reason why people advocate against "chronic cardio" or is it because they believe it to be detrimental? What is so bad about "chronic cardio" like distance swimming? Will I find difficulty... (more)

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gydle 0 · January 18, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Cardio in itself is not so bad. It's the chronic part, where you train at a consistently intense level and don't recover enough to allow cortisol levels to come back down, that is bad, according to Sisson. The key to good exercise appears to be... (more)

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by 69 · 23 minutes ago

I am looking for a cardio workout program that I can do on a treadmill at the gym that will help me burn body fat. Want to lose 60lbs ASAP!

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coldhandinmine 0 · September 23, 2011 at 2:42 AM

I distrust the term "chronic cardio," as it's loaded. Depending on one's goals, regular medium-distance running is a fine way to establish an aerobic base, and I think running gets a bad rap. Ali and most boxers of his and previous generations... (more)

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by 4086 · about 1 hour ago

Now that I get my exercise from resistance training and full body movement/complex exercises, is there anything that is not chronic cardio that I can use this treadmill for? I definitely have some body fat to lose, but from what this site says... (more)

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gone2croatan 0 · January 17, 2011 at 8:44 PM

If you enjoy watching television, I think the argument could be made that watching television while walking on the treadmill would be better than watching it while sitting on the couch. Walking is always good.

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by 4059 · about 1 hour ago

Just wondering- I've done LOTS of commuting by bicycle, and I am beginning to think it's the same as chronic cardio, as least as far as my body is concerned. After going paleo, I really embraced stochastic exercise, but it seems like an everyday... (more)

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David_Moss 0 · January 01, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Presumably, the important thing is whether your particular commute entails any of the downsides of chronic cardio, not merely whether it technically falls into the category of 'chronic cardio' set up by some paleo luminaries. So the questions we... (more)

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by 22913 · about 1 hour ago

Is the issue with chronic cardio the reason for health problems blamed on super fitness endurance athletes or... Could it be long term chronic carbohydrate intake? Anyone know of any studies done on low carb chronic cardio?

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Glenn 0 · June 22, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I doubt a search would turn up much. There's a reason that endurance runners eat a lot of carbs: they need the starch to fuel the enormous oxidative-glycolytic energy demands in the muscle cells. (And my understanding is that both elements... (more)

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by 0 · about 24 hours ago

I'VE LITERALLY WRITTEN THIS QUESTION 3 TIMES AND IT ALWAYS ERASES. So, I'm gonna type it ONE MORE TIME. Here goes :| I'm wondering about this mythical, magical Ketosis unicorn. I'm a female collegiate cross country runner. I'm not looking... (more)

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Patfiveshot 0 · May 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Just through my own personal experience as a paleo runner, I was in ketosis and fasted for 14 hours prior to a 10 mile race and ran it with a greater gain than the past two years. I hurt my knee, which was my fault as I didn't train for the... (more)

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by 30 · about 24 hours ago

Hi, I've been playing basketball since I was a kid and would be hard pressed to give it up. Now a staple of paleo exercise is to do a lot of low-level activity (ex/ walking, cycling, hiking, etc) and short bursts of intense activity, about 20... (more)

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JenniferB 0 · March 16, 2014 at 6:57 PM

From my point of view, any exercise that you find fun, you shouldn't give up unless it causes you injury.

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by 164 · about 24 hours ago

Anyone here use to swim competitively? I'm interested in the body composition of ex swimmers. Is swimming the best cardio that works for you? What percent body fat do you have? I'm interested because I swam and played water polo competitively... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · September 06, 2013 at 1:36 PM

As per many of the other recommendations, doing some HIIT and sprinting once or twice per week will help shed the fat without you loosing your butt. As to the arms, just keep the reps high and your muscles will tone but not grow much if any. ... (more)

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by 129 · about 24 hours ago

With all the recent reports on how chronic cardio is bad for the heart and overall longevity, is Jiu Jitsu considered this? Its definitely a cardio intense sport but its not like running a marathon per se. All the reports ive read focus on... (more)

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BGottfried 0 · July 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I'd argue no. The issues with Chronic Cardio tend to stem largely from two things: hypertrophy of the heart (not a good thing in excess) and long-term structural damage. The hypertrophy of the heart comes from when you push past "the wall" in... (more)

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by 20 · about 24 hours ago

I enjoy a good long bike ride. To me, it's more about relaxation, taking in some fresh air and enjoying the sights. So when I hear that I should be avoiding "chronic cardio" (in quotes because I find the term ridiculous) from some of my paleo... (more)

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MPie 0 · May 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

If the bike ride is relaxing, it's probably not "chronic cardio". "Chronic cardio" is basically going hard (60-70% of your VO2 max) on a typical cardio exercise (bike, run, elliptical) for an extended period of time, like 30 minutes or longer,... (more)

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by 430 · October 31, 2014 at 3:55 AM

I race mountain bikes, and I took time off because I wasn't getting anywhere, I was gaining weight (somehow) and I wasn't enjoying it. I'm 14 and I felt like an old woman. So I've been off the bike for 3 weeks now. It's not a long time at all,... (more)

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Drew_3 0 · January 16, 2013 at 5:14 AM

If mountain biking has begun to bore you but you're beginning to enjoy running try trail running. As far as the fueling goes do lots of base work (low HR training) that will make your body more adapt at burning fat for fuel. If its not fun you're... (more)

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by 219 · October 31, 2014 at 3:54 AM

Heading into early winter, and I can already feel drowsiness and lack of energy during the day. So -- EXERCISE, LIGHT, SLEEP, and STIMULANTS EXERCISE -- I know that chronic cardioisn't recommended, but I work a desk job and find a little... (more)

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JulieOfArc 0 · October 28, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Right there with ya, ElisaOS. I dusted off and set up my SAD light this morning. (My family calls it my happy light...) It might be worthwhile to check into buying one for your desk... that way it gives you the "sunshine" it sounds like you need.... (more)

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by 609 · October 31, 2014 at 3:48 AM

Ok, there was a time in my life that was really stinky, and I became depressed and suicidal. I didn't eat for months and as a result lost all muscle mass, and everything I used to have. Now bouncing back I have a fresh perspective on life,... (more)

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Fern_1 0 · August 12, 2012 at 5:59 AM

I don't think you were dumb, I think you were very ill. Be proud that you've come back from such a dark place and found something that works for you. Congratulations for caring about your health and wanting to regain some strength and muscle. In... (more)

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by 671 · October 31, 2014 at 3:48 AM

Almost tempting to phrase this with "Is the Appalachian Trail paleo?" but I doubt our hunter-gatherer forebears would bother to consider the idea of strapping on a 35lb backpack to hike 2,000 miles just for the sake of doing it. But let's say they... (more)

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KA24 0 · August 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

It's tough to call it "chronic cardio." Such a hike would involve much more complex movement patterns than a typical run on a treadmill or even a long run on a flat surface. It would involve some periods of climbing, navigating through... (more)

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by 0 · October 31, 2014 at 3:37 AM

All, Just got my labs back after being pretty strict paleo for about 4 to 5 months. *Component Your Value* CHOLESTEROL (LAB) 276 TRIGLYCERIDES 39 HDL CHOLESTEROL ... (more)

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Steve_32 0 · March 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Try this formula for calculating your ldl (LDL = TC/1.19 + TG/1.9 - HDL/1.1 - 38). Probably 130 or less, roughly calculating. The Friedewald formula the lab uses is not accurate if the trigs are over 400. The lab will not do the calculation in... (more)

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by 12174 · October 31, 2014 at 3:20 AM

A friend and I are thinking of signing up for a 5k in the coming months. Is there an upper limit in terms of mileage for you and training for/running events? What point does the mileage/training get to be too much for you in terms of what you'd... (more)

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Sean_5 0 · August 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I'm an ultra runner, so I'm probably not a good one to answer compared to most people here. :-) But I think a different perspective can be helpful... First, I'm not chronic cardio. I run marathons on as little as 15 miles per week average, and... (more)

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by 693 · October 31, 2014 at 3:09 AM

I just watched a very interesting Ted talk by Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run". Here's the link to the video. (I've also read the book which is very interesting) His whole thing is about barefoot running, but the setup is what I... (more)

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Kruno 0 · February 06, 2011 at 2:57 PM

There is big difference in hunting 2 times per week (probably different runner every hunt) and resting / low intensity for rest of the time and running 1+ hr 5+ times per week with 8+ hr jobs.

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by 2302 · October 30, 2014 at 5:08 AM

I know Chronic Cardio and Drinking both are not Paleo, but sometimes I like to have a little (or a lot) of fun, I usually lift heavy 3-4x/week, lots of walking, some sprinting. This Saturday I will be going out on a boat and will probably be... (more)

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raydawg 0 · May 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

If anything, you might want to do the running after the drinking as this will help detox out the alcohol, though it will probably be stressful to do running and drinking regardless of order. (When we move, this causes our lymph to circulate,... (more)

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by 0 · October 30, 2014 at 4:59 AM

Hi to everyone here. I have a few questions concerning paleo, cycling, and weightloss. A bit of backstory: Since incorporating primal into my life, I've obviously had to refine certain beliefs - y'know the type: saturated... (more)

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TintoBrass 0 · October 07, 2013 at 3:04 PM

@EnglishRose I'm not sure how much I weigh. However, when I was at my thinnest and competing at a high level, I was around 140 pounds. I have a large frame and carry quite a bit of muscle; I probably have more muscle than a lot of boys my... (more)

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by 43 · October 30, 2014 at 4:43 AM

I was watching a documentary on the evolution of man on Netflix (I forget the exact name but could find it if need be)... The claim was that although humans are not necessarily faster than the animals they hunted during hunter-gatherer times,... (more)

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fredmull 0 · March 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I think the "chronic cardio" phrase was coined to identify over-training that may lead to excess cortisol production, and overall stressed training. The folks running after gazelles are just trying to get dinner. Born to Run illustrates this long... (more)

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by 1005 · October 30, 2014 at 4:33 AM

As some of you may remember, I recently had a wisdom tooth out, and ever since instead of running I've been either going on the elliptical trainer or walking briskly with a set of dumbells. I'm starting to realize I was in a state of chronic... (more)

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CD 0 · December 27, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Bias Alert: I am a runner, I love running! IMO, I would not call training for 5ks and 10 ks chronic cardio. I suppose the implementation of such a training plan could be.... but if you are running less than 30 miles a week, you probably are not... (more)

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by 418 · October 30, 2014 at 4:32 AM

I'm 25 and just joned an adult swim team a few weeks back. BCAAs alone before are not enough to get me through the workout without dying. I'm not a breakfast guy and all my practices are in the morning. Should I take a whey protein shake before... (more)

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PhysiqueRescue 0 · December 08, 2012 at 5:17 AM

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by 1295 · October 30, 2014 at 3:55 AM

I just moved to a new city and started my first office job after graduating college. I'm finding my life pretty sedentary during the week, so I'm looking to incorporate some activity so I can shed the last 20 lbs (already lost 50). My ultimate... (more)

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Kate_6 0 · January 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Hi there! I'm a 24yo female, 5'8 and 130 lbs. I have lost approximately 50 pounds over the last year, settling at my current weight. I also work in an office, which means I sit for around 8-9 hours a day, so I understand where you're coming... (more)

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by 851 · October 30, 2014 at 3:13 AM

I haven't been particularly athletic for well over a decade now, but I'd like to get back to it. In the past year or so I have read (ok, skimmed) various posts in the Paleo blogosphere about the problems of "chronic cardio" and the superiority of... (more)

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sherpamelissa 0 · January 03, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I've recommended C25K to lots of people that need to be eased into a new state of fitness. If you haven't been active at all, it really helps to have such a specific program outlined. Once you are comfortable moving your body, adding in... (more)

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by 509 · October 30, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I'm an avid tennis player and have been a little concerned about a certain amount of conflict between this sort of, not chronic cardio exactly, activity, and a relatively low carb intake--not to mention the potential issue of inflammation from... (more)

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Ed 0 · August 04, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Hi Zev. I'm not a tennis player, but depending on the pace and intensity of your game, for most people tennis is a form of interval activity (heart rate intermittently between 75 and 100% of max), not low level cardio (heart rate consistently... (more)

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