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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Can you do “too much” cardio for cutting body fat?

My maintenance-calories number is fairly low (around 1500 calories), so I become very hungry if I cut based on diet alone. I've added basketball + HIIT-type training so that I can eat more and still ...
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Examples of exercises for pregnant lady (10wks, previous just cross-trainer)

I'm trying to find some varied exercises for a pregnant lady, 10 weeks into her pregnancy. Speaking the the doctor, she said that the amount of exercise should be no more than what you were doing ...
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MET levels achieved in cardio using treadmill, bicycle, or elliptical

I am trying to get 4 hours of cardio per day following a modified version of Lyle McDonald's rapid fat loss. The first hour I do incline treadmill at 15% grade at 3.0 mph. This is about 9.65 METs. Is ...
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Best way to start excercising after taking a break

If i just started to work out after a 4-5 week break would it be best to start slowly or just pick up my old pace? The 'sport' im referring to is fitness. Im currently debating with myself whether or ...
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How can I lose muscle mass in my quads and ham strings (thighs?)

I would really appreciate the help on how to lose muscle mass in the thigh area? Ever since I recovered from weight loss (40kg back up to 46kg, age 20, female, 1.66m), I started taking lysine and ...
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Gaining LBM while doing cardio

I notice that I am losing fat and gaining muscle while doing cardio (running 6.1 mph at a 1% incline). Why is this? I am already very lean (6'2", 9% bf male).
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Should I do cardio if I want to gain muscle weight and lose fat?

I'm 24, 1,83 cm and 70kg (6ft 0in, 155 lbs). Technically I'm not underweight but I could use some bulk. I have started doing some weight training (about 3 days a week) and I plan to get a personal ...
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Having to clear throat constantly while running?

I'm an ex-smoker (for roughly 8 years) and have recently, in the last 4 months, started a fairly intense cardio regimen that I'm doing twice a day. I noticed while running that I'm having to ...
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Work out 5 times a week, out of breath

So I exercise 5 times a week by lifting weights as well as 30 mins of cardio and some stretching every day. I still find myself running out of breath when walking uphill during my daily commute, for ...
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Safe weekly amount of crosstraining for over 40 healthy adults

I am a 42 yr old male. About a month ago I finished a running program that has me now well adapted to running 3 times a week for half an hour (the famous C25K, non-commercial and freely available at ...
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Aerobic vs anaerobic for better fat loss

I've read in this forum about aerobic and anaerobic training but i can't get an answer for my particular situation. I'm 35 years, male, 175cm , with 79kg, doing 3 or 4 exercises (2xrunning 5km/500 ...
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Why does cardio/aerobic exercise lead to muscle loss?

Recently, I've been reading a lot about how cardio reduces muscle mass and strength. The following is an excerpt from crossfit.com that seems to sum up what I've been reading: Aerobic training ...
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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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Is heavy compound lifting enough for cardio fitness?

I've been sedentary for a long time and am currently working on becoming healthier. I'm lifting (SL 5x5) to increase my muscle mass while still losing small amounts of fat. But as part of getting ...
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Will 20 minutes of jump rope per day improve long distance running?

I do intervals of 2 minutes of jump rope with a 1 minute break in between each interval, during which I walk around briskly. Will this improve my long distance running time?
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Cold and fever after doing extensive cardio sport?

Every Sunday I do soccer in the morning for two hours where I run non stop and sweat extensively. After the sport I take a shower and take the bus home, but by the time I get home my dry and clean ...
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Cardio vs. Weight lifting. Which one is better for losing weight?

Cardio burns more calories during the exercise, but weight-lifting builds more muscle which in turn raises your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). I have a little over an hour to workout each day during ...
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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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Why do you have a lower heart rate while training in the pool?

1) I've read that your heart rate is lower in the pool. Why is this? 2) Also how does the lower heart rate impact your cardiovascular health? Is it good or bad to that the pool lowers your heart ...
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Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?

I exercised for the first time in a long time yesterday. This is what I did: 500 jumping jacks at moderate pace 100 jumping jacks at fast pace 10 min of running in place at moderate pace 100 ...
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Can I do both weight training and BodyPump?

I was expecting to get a bit more cardio from a BodyPump but experience was different. I felt like I have done a full body strength session. Should I go for less weights? And do I need a rest day ...
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cardio before or after weights?

145 pounds, 170cm tall, female. been doing cardio & weight lifting for 2 months with good diet, goal is to lose body fat and gain muscle. what is the science behind doing weights before/after ...
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Tabata calorie burn with 4 minute excersie

I have started doing cardio from one Youtube channel which is showing that in 84 min I can burn around 1000 calories (but 1000 is not my goal). I do gym also so I want to burn till 400-500 calories. ...
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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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Regurgitating during exercise

So yesterday I did 55 minutes on the treadmill, the settings were 30 minutes at 9mph and 25 minutes at 8mph, all 55 minutes were done at 2% incline... then I did some squats, nothing heavy, it was ...
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Losing body fat

I'm currently assisting my dad in losing a significant amount of weight. He's 60, 6'0", weighs 230lbs (104kg) and eats very healthily, maintaining a well balanced diet. The trouble is he doesn't ...
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Do I just have to forget about lifting weights?

Started gym 2 months ago - 5 days a week (1 hour cardio, 1 hour weights). 145 pounds, 170cm, female. I am eating a calorie deficit and realize my gains are only newbie gains.. I will forever be ...
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How many Burpees do I have to do per day to lose a lot of fat fast?

I hate exercise, I find it excruciatingly boring. But I am overweight and need to lose fat fast. The main reason why I find it boring is because it takes too long and I don't like doing a a variety of ...
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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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why am i suddently so worn out in cardio?

I started gym 2 months ago and nearly every day except maybe 1 one rest day I will complete 1 hour cardio (about 500 calories, some days even 600-700) and an hour intense weight training targeting all ...
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Training not having any apparent effect

I'm 45, 5'10 (178cm) and 77kg, live in the French alps and I'm into skiing and mountain biking, and I'm trying to raise my overall fitness, though not for any competitive purpose. I don't have a huge ...
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Cardio and muscle growth

I have spent 7 years doing practically no exercise at all and eating all the crap I wanted. Weird thing is that during all this time I have been pretty muscular. Recently I started doing some ...
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How long can the work periods in HIIT be?

Usually the recommendations for HIIT workouts involve 20 second high intensity work followed by an equivalent or greater rest period. Or Tabata, which invoves 20 second work followed by a 10 second ...
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Angiogenesis due to exercise

I was wondering if exercise only leads to more capillary bloodvessels, or if on the long term you can also grow more of the larger bloodvessels (e.g. if smaller bloodvessels grow wider).
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Food prior to intense cardio

I have recently been on a mission to lose weight and have successfully managed to lose 20 kgs in 4 and a half months via circuit training thrice a week and 8K runs twice a week. I have gone down from ...
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How can i get some motivation for re-starting my workouts?

My name is Frederico Azevedo and i'm new here in stack exchange. First of all, i'm sorry for my english. It is not my first language. I am overweight and i really need to lose some weight, not just ...
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Should i be just doing weights or add cardio too

I am 25 now. I kind of felt like i was too slim and weak; so joined the nearest gym in Feb 2014. I really feel good. The gym trainer gave me diet schedules and as a part of it, i take 4 eggs a day. I ...
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Is Hypercapnia (high CO2 in the blood) Normal In Distance Runners?

I have been running 20 miles a week (three hour long runs, monday, thursday, and saturday) for a long long time. Last year in my annual physical I had a venous blood carbon dioxide level of 29. This ...
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Machine's direction 'maintain certain speed' and calories shown on the machine

I use one type of lateral trainer for thighs for cardio. The gym I go to have two such machines. After each minute or so, one of the machines shows me: 'you've to maintain 280 spm speed' (what's spm ...
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Will wearing thick clothes during cardio provide better weight loss results?

Is it true that i should wear thick clothes such as a hoody while doing cardio to sweat more? Or is it just water weight that gets put back on when you drink? I have heard both.
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Is this routine and diet good and should I continue doing it?

I started going to a gym a week ago because I want to build lean muscle and stay healthy, I'm 5'6" and 75kg. The coach gave me a beginner's plan, but I'm skeptical about it. I'm not sure if I'm on the ...
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Calories measured by these skiing like cardio machines in the gym?

Hello and thanks for reading my question. I like using the following type of skiing like machines in the gym which I'll describe, I couldn't find a name for it: I have to rest my both hands leaning ...
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Coffee with sugar after cycling (or any cardio)?

There is ample discussion on the internet suggesting that we need carbs after exercise (for example here and here). The second link also shows contradicting answers: complex carbs vs simple sugars. ...
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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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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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Is it better to run 3 ten mile runs with food breaks or one 24-26 mile run when training for a marathon?

Is it better to run 3 ten mile runs with food breaks or one 24-26 mile run when training for a marathon? How would this translate to a race time?
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Lots of phlegm while doing cardio workouts

I have a bit of an odd question, whenever I do cardio workouts that get my heart rate up and breathing hard I get phlegm buildup in my throat and my nose starts running. It's not a huge amount but ...
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How to compensate for extended cardio as body builder

I'm am doing body building as a hobby with 4 training sessions a week lasting for 60 to 90 minutes. I had good results with an intake of around 3.500 calories per day, the usual low carb diet. My goal ...
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Is there any scientific info about effects of air pollution during exercise?

In my city, some advocacy groups are raising awareness about the dangers of vehicle exhaust nearby parks and other places where people exercise. However, we couldn't get to "the heart" of the body of ...
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Correct workout regime

I am a complete beginner. I have started with the cardio exercises in the gym. The treadmill, the elliptical stepper and the cycle. On the treadmill I run at 10kmph for 10 minutes. On the cycle I ...