Chronic Cardio

Chronic Cardio

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

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 164 · about 21 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 20 · about 21 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 43 · about 21 hours ago

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 · about 21 hours ago

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 · about 21 hours ago

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

Here's two products to take a look at: Nuun All-Day for hydration. UCAN Superstarch for energy. Matt PhysiqueRescue.com (more)

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by 219 · about 21 hours ago

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 115 · about 22 hours ago

I've been running for the last two years, but after experience the joy of paleo and crossfit, I've decided to take a break from race training and focus on strength. With the Whole Life Challenge coming up I thought it would be a good time to... (more)

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bj__1 0 · September 07, 2012 at 4:33 PM

That's definitely too much training. You need a rest day after each day of lifting weights, and crossfit/cardio doesn't count as a rest day. I don't know how prioritize the crossfit/cardio, but personally I would lift 2-3 days a week and do... (more)

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by 609 · about 22 hours ago

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 0 · about 22 hours ago

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 30 · about 22 hours 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 2178 · about 22 hours ago

Is it because it's unnecessary, with a paleo diet and paleo-type workouts? Or just because cavemen wouldn't have engaged in it? Or is it straight up unhealthy? While I've ditched the long treadmill & elliptical workouts, one thing I just... (more)

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none 0 · July 17, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Dr. Al Sears is a cardiologist and he has a book/program called PACE training. I got the book at my library. This is what I recall: The heart is a muscle much like skeletal muscle. It should not be over-trained. Over-training can cause injury and... (more)

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by 693 · about 22 hours ago

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 851 · about 22 hours ago

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 4059 · about 22 hours 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 23 hours 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 2302 · October 20, 2014 at 4:10 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 20, 2014 at 4:09 AM

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 0 · October 20, 2014 at 4:04 AM

I've spent the weekend researching about the Paleo diet after discovering it in a magazine about a week ago. I finally got the time to really delve into it and am so excited. I'm female, late twenties, 5 foot 5 and 130 lbs. I'm not overweight... (more)

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Mr_Snowman 0 · October 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

That's right. Fattening foods often contain high amounts of refined carbs, like flour and added sugar. But if you avoid processed foods -- that's basically what going paleo is all about -- you'll largely remove fattening and unhealthy foods from... (more)

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by 638 · October 20, 2014 at 3:54 AM

I have a friend who has recently lost alot of weight (220lbs down to about 140lbs). I'm really happy for her and she looks great. But she seems to be obsessed with the gym. She works full time in an active job (on her feet for 8+ hour shifts, 5... (more)

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Marcy_1 0 · March 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

2500 calories?! Unless she is battling bears every day for hours, I highly doubt that. As far as convincing her, my experience has been that people are more open to listening to what I have to say if they have a problem. If she is feeling... (more)

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by 671 · October 20, 2014 at 3:41 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 1295 · October 20, 2014 at 3:28 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 69 · October 20, 2014 at 3:21 AM

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 12174 · October 20, 2014 at 3:19 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 19220 · October 20, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Anthony Colpo has an interesting blog post today: Exercise and Insulin Sensitivity, Life Expectancy of Athletes. In it he references an interesting review article on the Mortality and longevity of elite athletes The summary of the implications... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · May 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I like Colpo alot but he is dead wrong. I have no idea what data he is sourcing because over all endurance athletes die a lot earlier. Take a look at this study that has all the professional sports teams i work with really re evaluating what... (more)

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