Cardio Workout? Dangerous?
In a study titled, “Why do individuals not lose more weight from an exercise intervention at a defined dose? An energy balance analysis”, researchers found that weight loss from traditional cardio was always lower than predicted (using a standard calories in vs. calories out approach).
The article, published in Obesity Reviews (Vol. 13 Issue 6), explained that cardio doesn’t work for FOUR reasons:
#1: People tend to eat more when they start a traditional cardio workout program
#2: Calorie burning at rest often decreases with cardio workouts
#3: Calorie-burning, lean muscle is often lost
#4: Traditional cardio has been proven to cause you to do less activity over the course of the entire day…
Cardio Workout …Dangerous?
So if you’re still trying to lose fat with just cardio, these are just a few of the reasons why it’s not working.
But that’s not the scariest reason.
Here is the fifth and final – and downright terrifying – reason to stop doing cardio:
Dr. James O’Keefe, head of preventative cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute, wrote an editorial summarizing the results of various studies evaluating long-term health risks of excessive “aerobic” exercise. O’Keefe hypothesizes that long duration exercise may be harmful in too large a dose.
“Emerging data suggest that chronic training for and competing in extreme endurance events such as marathons, ultra-marathons, ironman distance triathlons, and very long distance bicycle races, can cause transient acute volume overload of the atria and right ventricle, with transient reductions in right ventricular ejection fraction and elevations of cardiac biomarkers, all of which return to normal within 1 week.”
In other words, your heart can get “sore” just like a muscle because it IS a muscle and, over time, you can damage your heart if you do too much slow-go cardio.
So clearly, overdoing your cardio workout is just NOT worth it.
As one lead researcher and cardiologist once wisely said,
“When people come to me and say they want to run a marathon I say, ‘OK, do one and cross it off your bucket list and then let’s focus on an exercise pattern that’s more ideal to producing long-term health benefits and improving your longevity.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Based on what I see at the health club day-after-day, 95% of all exercisers are overdoing it with cardio machines and this new research indicates they could be doing way more harm than good.
BUT, I still advocate getting some aerobic work; brisk walking or steady state “aerobic” cardio a few times a week to help keep all your metabolic systems conditioned and responding.
By doing just one or two low intensity cardio workouts per week you can enhance your performance, and fat burning efficiency, when you use higher intensity workouts on other days of the week.
So a “smart”, low intensity cardio workout can be the springboard that prepares your body to handle higher-intensity exercise and KEEPS your body responding.
It does this by increasing your body’s glucose storage capacity. It can also be a GREAT way to burn off free fatty acids AFTER high intensity training.
You just have to MAKE SURE you don’t overdo it as you can clearly tell from the research discussed above.
Additionally, too much aerobic work can make you a calorie burner INSTEAD of a “fat burner.”
That’s why I highly recommend you have a proven and effective solution, like Craig Ballantyne’s Home Workout Revolution that allows you to maximize fat-loss WITHOUT suffering the consequences of too much cardio.
It’s one of the fastest ways to make fat your “go to” energy source WITHOUT damaging your heart.
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And since summertime is here, having workouts you can use ANYTIME, ANYWHERE will keep you on track.
Seriously. You can do these workouts in your undies if you want to!
Well, I guess you could technically do that at the gym too – but you’d get some pretty strange looks. lol.
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