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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How "efficient" can someone be at doing cardio?

It's a common belief that doing cardio for weightloss loses its efficacy over time because that person becomes "efficient" at doing the cardio. As in, the cardio you do burns less over time ...
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How do I keep CONSTANT WATTAGE power on indoor bikes?

I have started with Zone 2 training, where it is important to keep constant wattage How would I do this on the equipment which supports this the best? Should it correct me by varying resistance or ...
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Spreading aerobic activity

It is common advice to aim at 150 minutes moderate aerobic activity: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916 My questions is how free are we to spread ...
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Is mini stepper with bands vigorous activity?

Some recommendations state that: do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week My question is: is training on a mini stepper with ...
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What kind of bands exercise are appropriate for mini stepper

I bought a mini stepper with bands. But I am curious: What kind of band movements are appropriate for the mini steppers in general? I saw this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfkpdMXEzuQ, but ...
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Recommendation how to select aerobic trainer for home

I am considering buying ab aerobic trainer for my home because I have relatively high cholesterol. But I have two constraints: I have a relatively small space with dimensions 1m x 2m. I'd like it to ...
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Began bicycling cardio program a couple of weeks ago, and am still really tired all day. Is this normal?

I've restarted an exercise program, after a couple of years of not doing too much. I'm not particularly out of shape (45 yo, 5'10, 180 lbs), and can get through my program just fine, but I end up ...
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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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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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Will riding a bike for 2 hours in 30 minute increments, burn roughly the same number of calories as riding 2 hours straight?

This question assumes most other variables are constant. Assume that a bicycle rider rides ("exercise time") the exact same distance over the exact same course for a 2 hour duration. During ...
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If doing aerobics after drinking, does it slow down fat sediment caused by drinking?

Alcohol tricks body to believe there is too much energy in blood, so body is enabled, or forced, to store fat. So, if one does aerobics or endurance training to burn calories after drinking, does it ...
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Can I improve running stamina by increasing intensity rather than duration?

I want to increase my stamina when running, I know that the standard way to do so, is to increase the duration of the workout session, for example a runner may start by running for 30 minutes straight ...
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Can heart rate comparison over time estimate heart muscle growth?

As far as I know, the intensive cardio workouts over a long period of time cause heart growth. The heart muscle is bigger and can pump more blood with one heart beat, allowing the same effort with ...
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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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Breaststroke swimming - is it moderate or vigorous?

physical activity guidelines recommend At least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking But it also says I can do for 75 minutes vigorous level activity. My main ...
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Karvonen's formula gives higher target heart rates for deconditioned individuals. How can it make any sense from a health perspective?

Notation: T = Target heart rate M = Maximum heart rate R = Resting heart rate I = Intensity (a number between 0 and 1) Karvonen's formula: T = (M – R) × I + R which is equivalent to T = M × I + R × ...
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Are there hidden units in the Pandolf equation?

I've been reading up on several fitness areas and rucking caught my attention. I stumbled across the Pandolf equation for how many calories you burn, which is as follows (link to site where I found ...
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Controlling muscle growth from running

Background: I'm a 28 year old male, 176cm, 68kg. I used to go swimming for 60min three times a week before the pandemic. Due to the latter, public pools in my country have shut down, and I have not ...
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