Cardio is a shorthand term for aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise is comprised of activities that tend to improve the body's utilization of oxygen.

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Is it possible to gain muscle with cardio/aerobics?

I believe the best way to gain muscle is heavy weightlifting. I've done that before using a routine based mainly off of the Stronglifts program and I saw good results. However, until recently I was ...
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I can run better after swimming, how come?

I found out that when I go swimming in the evening (from 5:30 - 6:30), that my running (from 8:30 - 9:30) seems to go a lot better. (Eg. I'm less tired, I have less need for stretching - I stretch to ...
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How can I best modify starting strength to fit with a team practice schedule and cardiovascular conditioning?

I have two goals: improve speed and vertical, and improve at my sport (ultimate). It seems from my relatively untrained state, the biggest gains in speed and vertical will come from strength ...
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Sore after work out - can't straighten arm

I'm in good aerobic shape but never did strength training. Yesterday, I did some basic strength work, using both dumbbells and machines. Nothing too crazy - I started light and built my way up. I ...
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How much harder is it to burn calories in hot weather?

I make walks to try to keep a little fit and to burn calories/fat. At a temperature of about 16°C I can walk 10K in just above 2 hrs with almost no rest and not being excessively tired afterwards. I ...
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Do any particular exercise regimes consume excess cholesterol?

I've searched for questions about cholesterol before, and haven't found a satisfactory answer; most seemed to be all speculation and little fact. I was wondering whether the generally accepted strict ...
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Should i do cardio or weights first?

If in one gym session, I want to run (30-40 mins) and lift weights, is it better to run first or do the weights first. I have done a bunch of googling and keep reading conflicting answers so wanted ...
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What are some upper-body cardio programs to increase endurance?

I'm looking to keep increasing my endurance when I can't do lower body exercises. Are there any interesting high-intensity programs out there that don't rely on your legs? For reference, Beachbody's ...
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How much more cardio for fat loss?

26 years old, 160 lb, roughly 20% body fat. I eat a pretty normal vegetarian diet. I avoid soda, fruit juice, anything with sugar. Maybe one can of soda or a candy bar per week at the most. I do eat ...
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How to reduce fatigue at the gym

I used to go to the gym 2-3 years ago. But now I rarely go, because after a break I can't really do any cardio: after 7-15 minutes at a treadmill I get really tired. I usually go 10-14kmph and going ...
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Workout Suggestions for a 260lbs person that wont cause serious injury on the joints

I am 6"1 and around 264.5lbs (or around about 120kg). I really love working out and i have been losing some weight, but i can't do cardiovascular training or most body-weight type training due to the ...
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Weights versus cardio, or weights with cardio

This is specific to an obese individual. For weight loss - is it better to first focus on cardio, and then move on to weights, or is the combination a better approach? And why?
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Should I consume protein shakes after team sport (cardio)?

I started to consume protein shakes (about 25g with milk and water) after hitting the gym to help me gain muscles. I also play flag football two times a week, where the training is more focused on ...
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Stationary cycling and soreness

I've been using my stationary bike to do cardio 3 times a week for about 50 minutes each session for almost 2 months now. When I started off, I found it very uncomfortable to sit on the seat, so I ...
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Insanity Workout: Whey or Nay?

I'm about 5'10" 175 lbs doing the Insanity workout, and have been doing it for about a month and half. I don't want to "get big", I want to get cut. Is there any benefit to taking a whey protein ...
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What are the benefits of incline while on a treadmill?

I've always wondered why treadmills have inclines. It seems to me that, on a pure physics level, you shouldn't be expending any more energy, since you're not actually doing any lifting. Of course, ...
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Is cardio really counter-productive to “gains”?

I've heard from a lot of different places, perhaps with their tongue planted firmly in their cheek, that cardio is antithetical to "gains". I've only started hitting the gym since about a year ago. ...
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Are there good cardio workouts which do NOT stress the knees?

I recently got into a car wreck which damaged my knee. I can walk around and such, but it's really disrupted my routine of running or getting on a treadmill. Are there any good cardio workouts ...
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Is there cardio or weight loss benefit to doing the Tabata (HIIT) workout more than once a day?

I'm doing the Tabata Workout. I can easily spend more than the 4m/day on it. I work from home so I can take a 5m break and ride the exercise bike anytime I like. Would there be a benefit from doing ...
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Is long distance running harmful for women?

I was considering taking part in marathon, but recently I came across this article. To summarize, the author claims that long distance running, and actually any cardio done for hours at or above 65 ...
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Are rest days required for Cardio?

Suppose one wishes to start an aerobic workout routine. Assuming one is young and without illness, is a 30 min a day workout (approx 15 min jogging and 15 minute walking intermittently) a reasonable ...
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Is Zumba more effective than dance class for weight loss?

I've been hearing a lot about Zumba lately and I've been doing a little bit of research on it. From my understanding, many forms of dance can cause weight loss. I'm trying to find out if it is more ...
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Will taking the stairs daily improve fitness for an obese adult

I'm an obese adult, weighing 316lbs. I have started to try and lose some weight and would like to do something about my fitness levels. I have begun to take the stairs (5 flights) and when I get ...
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Blurry vision after exercise?

I've noticed that after I do some heavy cardio my vision will sometimes get blurry. The blurriness usually occurs about 15-30 minutes after I exercise and then lasts for 15-30 minutes and is usually ...
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Ways to reduce rest time between lifting sets?

I'm currently training 3x a week for mainly strength and progressing fine, but I find that my rest times between sets are ridiculously long and if I don't take them, I'm not able to finish my sets.For ...
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How much time does it take to reduce belly fat?

I read lot of questions on reducing belly fat in this forum. I am also suffering from large fat around my abdomen. i have started exercise (weight training + cardio) and leading with healthy food ...
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How much cardio to lose body fat fast and healthy

What are some good exercise programs to lose as much body fat possible in a short period of time, but still keeping it healthy. A treadmill and elliptical is available to me 24/7. I am 5'11" and ...
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What is the physiological mechanism of 'gaining stamina' for a particular exercise

A recent question centered on the fact that higher and higher rep counts for an exercise (e.g. pushups) stop building strength, but 'build stamina.' Do they in fact build any sort of muscle-specific ...
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How Should I Tackle My Routine?

I am a 14 year old female, a little over 5'4 (162 cm), and weigh about 175 lbs (79 kg). Recently, I realized that I needed to get in shape and be healthy. I've got a lot of physical problems to ...
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Do BCAA's only help with muscle gain or do they help with weight loss?

About me: 145 pounds, 170cm tall & female. Aim: build muscle and & lose body fat. Currently: training 5 times a week (1 hour cardio, 1 hour weight training). Question: Would BCAA's only ...
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Effects of aerobic exercise after weight lifting

What are the effects, positive and negative of: Swimming for 30-60 min immed. after weight training and/or Walking briskly a few miles the day after weight training I'm following Starting ...
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Swimming routine for a person in very bad shape?

I've been trying to find an answer to this but I couldn't. If this is a duplicate please accept my apologies and please show me the original question. A bit of background: I'm a developer in quite ...
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How much rest time is necessary between intense cardio sessions?

I've often heard it recommended to allow for an "off day" between strength training a specific muscle group to give it time to recover, and thus grow stronger. However, I haven't heard the same for ...
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Why do bodybuilders take such a long recovery period?

Why do bodybuilders take recovery periods that are longer than any other type of athlete? Im doing a mixture of weights and cardio. I try to do 2 sessions with weights focusing on upper body and 2 ...
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What effect does restricted oxygen in cardio have on muscle damage & repair?

As we all know, cardio and strength training have completely different effects on your muscles, and your body's response to them. Strength training trains the body to make those big anaerobic muscle ...
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When doing HIIT, how long should your intervals be?

I currently do a 1:2 ratio of high to low intensity. My high intensity interval lasts 60 seconds, and my low intensity one lasts 120 seconds. I do this on either the elliptical or the heavy bag (I'm ...
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Cardio Alternatives to Running

I am looking for cardio alternatives to running, which I find incredibly boring so it's difficult to keep a routine up. I would like something that is a bit shorter and more intensive. I have tried ...
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Want to lose weight, need advice

I am very overweight, at 19 stone. I am in the gym, I go 3 times a week and normally do 40 minutes cardio on the elliptical and 20-30 on the low bike with the proper seat, I find the normal bike hurts ...
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What can I do for cardio while I am on vacation with no equipment? [duplicate]

I started exercising and eating healthier 3 months ago and am really motivated and on a great schedule. I swim for 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, hike with elevation gain 2.2 miles 1-2 times a week ...
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Cardio / HIIT with a collapsed arch

I have a collapsed arch in one of my feet due to a past injury. I have doctor-prescribed orthotics and have been cleared for any and all exercise activity. My primary goal is weight loss. It seems ...
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Does duration or intensity or both affect how many calories are burned in a cardio workout.

Is there a relationship between heart-rate over time and calories burned, or is it just duration? What about a non-cardio workout?
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Which are examples of “higher intensity cardio”?

In a comment I was told: What you want to do is focus on higher intensity cardio. That will both strengthen your heart making your body more effective at transporting nutrients/oxygen during ...
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Upper-body cardio

I have a knee injury, so I cannot do things like running, cycling, jumping, or virtually anything else that puts pressure on the legs. What are good upper-body exercises that I could use to burn fat? ...
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Is there any benefit to using a recumbent over a stationary bike or vice versa?

Using the recumbent bike is a lot more comfortable but it also feels a lot more "lazy".
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Spreading workout into two

Would it be better to spread my workout into two different shifts, or better to do it all at once? My focus is to lose fat, gain muscle. I am 5'11", weight 185 lbs and I'm 26 years old. I currently ...
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Walking long distance vs cardio

Because for looking reasons (sweating) and lack of free time, I decided to convert my 40min cardio in the morning per day (I'm doing this usually), to walking to my office which is about 4.5km (2.79 ...
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How to aid recovery as I get older (& try to get fit again)

In the past 3 years I have gone from a solid 185 lbs that surfed several times a week, ran 4 miles daily & ran marathons to a 215 lb sedentary desk jockey. I am trying to get back on the wagon ...
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Can starting regular exercise cause a breathing issue?

Hi I have just started doing regular cardiovascular exercise but I have found that I am sometimes struggling to feel satisfied when taking breaths and need to really breathe deeply or yawn but it ...
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Optimum heart rate for fat loss

I'm trying to figure out what the optimum heart rate should be for cardio exercise to burn fat. According to this website apparently between 60% and 70% is best for fat burning. Is this true?
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Good distance for continuous running/jogging for beginners?

I'm starting to get into running, and as you might expect, i have to alternate walking and running/jogging. What is a good, reasonable, or expected distance for me to continuously run without ...