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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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Should the amount of protein in a diet change based on exercise?

Should the amount of protein consumed in a diet vary with more exercise? Would it make a difference if that exercise is strength training or cardio? Protein is for repairing and building muscle, and ...
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Can running cause anxiety and sadness?

I started running about two weeks ago and everything went well at first; however the last few days I have increased anxiety upon waking, so much that it causes vomiting, for no particular reason. Also ...
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If you only have two sessions a week to exercise, what type of exercise is ideal for general health?

There are related questions, such as: What is the correct dose and frequency of aerobic exercise for unconditioned middle age people? However, my question asks in particular about limited time budgets,...
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How do I measure Vo2Max at home without specialized equipment?

I'm about to start the Tabata routine to increase my cardio endurance. The best I've found is this calculator. Are those results accurate? If not, please suggest an alternative.
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Is swimming poorly good cardio?

I am learning to front crawl for the first time and I am swimming very poorly. I can only swim for about a minute straight. I'm not sure if this is because I am really out of shape or because my form ...
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Does the dichotomy of Cardio vs Strength training even exist?

Experts have told us that a combination of Cardio and Strength is best for health, however I haven't been able to find why is exercise is divided in Cardio and Strength. Does every type of physical ...
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What is better, harder or easier?

I am 83 years old. My doctor said that I walk for 40 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. I bought stationary bike. What is better, 40 minutes level one resistance or 20 minutes level 2 resistance?
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What is the relationship between exercise effort, watts, speed, and calories burned?

This is a tough question to categorize because it involves fitness, physics, math, physiology, and probably more disciplines. But, it's being asked in the context of Fitness so I believe this is the ...
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Hot or cold shower for muscle growth on workout days

I workout every two days, I mostly do 45 minutes-workouts 'heavy-lifting' oriented (deadlifts, squats, bench press, weighted pull-ups, abs), and, each week, one of these workouts is more cardio-...
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What running routine will have best effect on long distance walking performance?

So I want to improve my performance for long distance hikes. In particular, im trying to improve my time for completing 4 day marches, a Dutch event where participants walk 50 km daily for 4 days. I, ...
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Does exercise improve health without losing fat?

Consider this scenario: A person has has a body fat percentage of >25% or whatever is considered clinically obese (i.e their weight may have detrimental effects on their health). This person, for ...
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Too much time in zone 5?

In my most recent studio spin class, I spent around 20 minutes out of 40 in Zone 5, and most of the rest in zone 4. The occasion before that I was in zone 5 for 23 mins out of 55, zone 4 for 17 and ...
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Should I do cardio each day throughout the week on a PPL workout, or should I do it on separate days? [duplicate]

Should I do cardio each day throughout the week on a PPL workout, or should I do it on separate/dedicated days without resistance training? Will one of these approaches affect my gains? I'm currently ...
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At what point does running faster give diminishing returns?

I understand that one has to run fast enough to get their heartrate at a sufficiently high level to improve cardiovascular and lung health, but at what point does running faster give diminishing ...
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Is my approach to cutting body fat good?

I've researched and understood that in order to cut my fat, I need to be in a caloric deficit of around 500 calories, do lots of cardiovascular exercise to lose fat, and do a moderate amount of ...
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What causes heart rate to spike upon *decreasing* running pace? [duplicate]

It seems opposite to what one would intuitively expect… one would think that when cardio activity demands increase then that is when the heart rate would follow but it seems inverse to that: only when ...
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Counting sets when doing supersets and multi-bodypart bodybuilding workout splits

So I am developing a workout program that combines strength training with some more athletic cardio/conditioning work. So I workout about 5 days a week. I usually do strength work on the first day, ...
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Better to increase your time or intensity first?

I'm overweight and out of shape. I recently joined a gym to try and correct this. (Before you ask, yes, I asked my doctor about it. He said "Yes, please do, this is a good idea, have some ...
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Stair climbing: moderate or vigorous?

CDC recommends: at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, I found it difficult to incorporate activity like swimming ...
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Cardio: Energy boost and improved fitness

I do cardiovascular work for two reasons of equal importance... For the betterment of my fitness For the post-workout increase in mental energy and well being I usually do some intervallic type ...
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Effective cardio regimen for someone Ehlers-Danlos (hypermobility & arthritis) + bad IT band problems

I am terribly frustrated at being unable to effectively work out, and am hoping to get some solid advice as most physiotherapists and trainers don't seem to be well equipped to cope with my ...
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aerobic exercise in hot weather

Is it bad to do aerobic exercise in the heat ? It seems to me that the whole point of aerobic exercise is to load your heart. Heat does that - it requires your heart to pump extra blood to your ...
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Ideal distance for a begginer at running?

I'm pretty fit, but I train for strength, not stamina. I'm and intermediate-advanced lifter, I've been training for years and I can bench 115kg but I can struggle to hit 30 pushups because my ...
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Advice needed on home gym equipment purchase

I and my wife would like to purchase one or multiple pieces of training equipment / machines, so we can do all our fitness from home. The general requirements in this context are: Nothing that puts ...
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What biometric parameter corresponds to subjectively perceived heart rate?

Sometimes I work up a pant and feel my heart pounding and racing and if you would ask me to guess my heart rate I might guess that it was over 90% of my personal max. But I look at my heart rate ...
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How to lose of weight fast relatively healthy

I'm 108 kg, around 25-28% bodyfat and I need to lose 18 kg in 2 month. I know it's too fast, and it would be better to be on a caloric deficit while doing strength training + cardio for a longer ...
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Maximum healthy daily amount of cardio?

I've recently taken a 2-month contract in a remote part of the country, and I'll be doing night shifts for all of it. I've had to do night shift work in the past, and I've found daily exercise was ...
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Optimal training advice for 800 meter runner?

Background: Last year, I ran a 17:30 XC 5k, a 4:53 mile, a 2:08 800m and a 58s 400m. Using an age graded calculator, it appears my performance increases relatively up to the 800, and then drops off at ...
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Fitness trampoline - what is the advantage?

I'm looking for possibilities to do a intensive cardio training at home. Someone advised me to buy a fitness trampoline which actually surprised me a little. I would like to know the additional ...
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Thick/Jumbo Jump Ropes?

Does anyone have experience with a polydac jumprope? They seem to range from 1 inch to 2 inches and from 2 lb to 7 lb? I'm used to using a standard and speed jump rope, but these look like an ...
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Is it better to run 1 mile every day or 2 miles every other day or n miles every n days? [closed]

By better I mean for cardiovascular health.
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Is it necessary to eat in calorie deficit to lose belly fat? [duplicate]

I'm 24 yo, height 5'8, and weight 65. I do not want to reduce weight but only the belly fat which has increased in the past several months. I eat healthy but my lifestyle is quite sedentary (as in, ...
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For my case, I see almost zero difference in the burning rate of calories between my steady state cardio and HIIT - should I still choose HIIT?

I'm 38, male 5'6", weigh between 150-155 pounds, and I do strength training for about three to four hours per week, aside from the cardiovascular workouts, the present question is based on the ...
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help on supplementary exercise for cycling

so my question is pretty simple basically im a relative beginner at biking and was wondering what some good form of exercise would be on the days im not cycling thats not too taxing so i can still ...
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Will this workout build strong muscles for an intermediate bodybuilder?

So if I go to the gym 5 days a week and do this sort of workout with about 1700 calories a day, healthy diet with a mesomorph bodytype and about 8.5 hours of sleep each night, will this routine build ...
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Rings performance and cardio

Does aerobic training (cardio) help a 4-minute gymnastic rings performance? In Overcoming Gravity Steven Low argues that an Olympic artistic rings performance is around 4 minutes, the same time as ...
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Reducing calorie intake or doing more cardio exercise, which one is more effective for losing fat?

I am interested to know which approach is more effective if someone likes to hold his current muscle bulk but only lose fat? Is it better to keep the previous diet but add more cardio exercises? Or ...
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If a child scooters everyday, does it make one leg of him/her larger than the other?

My six-year-old daughter scooters every day for about an hour. She feels very comfortable scootering with her right leg on the scooter and refuses to switch legs. My question is: If she keeps doing ...
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Bhastrika Pranayama and lung expansion exercises what is the upper safe limit, 500 per day too bad?

I have hyperventilation issues in my lungs, so every 2Km that I swim I need to give a break. Otherwise I can't keep the cardio cycle, may be not a physical limit but a psychological one. However the ...
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Power duration curve for endurance sports

I have a question regarding the power-duration curve for sports. This curve is power on the y-axis and time on the x-axis. For probably all endurance athletes they will have a exponential declining ...
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Skinny fat : Caloric deficit and/or cardio?

I'm a skinny fat and I'm a little bit confused about the need of cardio. From my understanding, calorie deficit will make my body consume more energy. On the other hand, in some videos, they say that ...
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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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Can step counting goals be considered effective exercise?

I have a step counter on my phone, my work offers a challenge/incentive to achieve more steps than other coworkers, and the primary function of virtually every fitness tracker is step counting. I'm ...
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How can I interpret Ergometry results?

The information that I found was limited to interpreting the maximum METs reading, however ergometry results contain also HR in every stage and much more. What can I learn from this fitnesswize? So ...
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How do I do Zone 2 training / low intensity training precise enough?

Peter Attia does "Zone 2" training on an indoor bike so that he has precise control on wattage and HR. So my question is: How precise does low-intensity training have to be to have the same ...
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Should I be out of breath after/during a cardio workout?

I've noticed several times that by the end of a cardio (exercise bike) session my breathing is not elevated, in fact when I notice during a session it feels I'm barely breathing at all. This is a ...
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Why is the aerobic system not used anymore upon a certain treshold?

When i look at my performance diagnostic for cycling, from a certain point on (~after fat max zone) the amount of fat burned decreases to zero (with increasing wattage) and only carbs are used to ...
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Is there anything wrong with just biking?

Lately I have decided that I need to get into shape. I have heard that most of weight loss begins in the kitchen, and I understand the concept of calories in -> calories out very well. My question ...
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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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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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