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  • Am I overdoing the cardio?

    I've recently increased my cardio walking and am wondering if i'm doing it? I've been walking 2 miles on an incline of 5-7 at a speed of 4. Did this twice so far. It's a great workout, but i'm wondering if it's more like jogging or bad for cortisol/muscle growth? Any thoughts?

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    Move at a slow pace.

    Level 4 is not a slow pace....unless you are 7 feet tall with a stride the size of Bigfoot's.

    Plus, try to get outside amongst the trees. Treadmills on inclines under fluorescent lights? Bah!
    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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    • #3
      I agree with TigerLily on the second point- as I've never used a treadmill I can't comment on the first. Why walk on a machine inside, when you can go outside and get a much better range of benefits? Even in a city it's still better than being on a treadmill.

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      • #4
        I walk outside when I can, but a couple times a week I find myself on a treadmill (weather, work schedule or various other reasons). Regardless of the setting (speed, incline) watch your heart rate. I am 39 and use 3 mph with a 10 degree incline and that puts me at 65%. Depending upon your age and condition, those same settings could put you much higher or lower on you MHR.

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        • #5
          It really depends on your level of fitness. I walk about 3-4 miles daily on slightly hilly terrain at a speed of 3.5 mph or so without breaking a sweat (I'm 5'4", so my stride is probably shorter than yours), just to get from home to work and the grocery store. I'm sure that Grok walked much more. Assuming you are decently fit, I can't imagine that your workout would be too stressful.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by TigerLily View Post
            Plus, try to get outside amongst the trees. Treadmills on inclines under fluorescent lights? Bah!
            Completely agree.
            You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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            • #7
              I'm 214 lb, 6' tall. I easily break a good sweat with what i'm doing. My heart rate really gets going and I am tired when i'm done. Maybe I should lower the steepness to 3-4.

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              • #8
                Maybe you should go for walks outside.
                You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                  Maybe you should go for walks outside.
                  Already do, but I want something more physically challenging. Plus, winter is almost here and I will be forced to do the gym whether I like it or not, Grumpy.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by afsjesse View Post
                    Already do, but I want something more physically challenging. Plus, winter is almost here and I will be forced to do the gym whether I like it or not, Grumpy.
                    lies!
                    I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                    • #11
                      If you want something more physically challenging, that's great! But that's what heavy lifting is for. Or burpees. Or sprints. You really don't need the gym. If you can get somewhere in an hour or less, then walk. Do bodyweight exercises at home, and when you get to 200 lbs, you can buy a door-mounted pullup bar. Get a 12 pound sledgehammer and investigate something called "shovelglove." Gyms are nice for meeting people but they don't have any equipment that is absolutely necessary.
                      You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                        If you want something more physically challenging, that's great! But that's what heavy lifting is for. Or burpees. Or sprints. You really don't need the gym. If you can get somewhere in an hour or less, then walk. Do bodyweight exercises at home, and when you get to 200 lbs, you can buy a door-mounted pullup bar. Get a 12 pound sledgehammer and investigate something called "shovelglove." Gyms are nice for meeting people but they don't have any equipment that is absolutely necessary.
                        Interesting insight, I'll consider this. Oh, what's a burpee?

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                        • #13
                          www.youtube.com Grumpy gives excellent advice. I'm not anti-gyms flat out, but I am anti the idea that you must use a gym or can't start anything on your own until you have access to one.
                          I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                            If you want something more physically challenging, that's great! But that's what heavy lifting is for. Or burpees. Or sprints. You really don't need the gym. If you can get somewhere in an hour or less, then walk. Do bodyweight exercises at home, and when you get to 200 lbs, you can buy a door-mounted pullup bar. Get a 12 pound sledgehammer and investigate something called "shovelglove." Gyms are nice for meeting people but they don't have any equipment that is absolutely necessary.
                            +1. Body Weight Culture and Al Kavadlo are both great resources as well. I canceled my gym membership a while ago. I've switched to (mostly) bodyweight-based strength training, and am very pleased with the results so far. I'll be even happier once I install a pullup bar in my house.

                            But, I also realize that I may be privileged to be able to walk and run outdoors virtually year round. In Philly, it seldom gets much lower than the twenties - probably a good deal warmer than in SK or MN!
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                            You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout

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                            • #15
                              Invest in a Heart rate monitor. I am a little too much of a freak with mine but if you aren't sure if you are overdoing wear it and find out how you feel with where it is measuring your HR. I have a very low heart rate and it takes quite a bit of effort for me to get my HR to 55% but once I am there it stays for a while. Then just pay attention to your body as you get in that range and you will always know where your range is.

                              The other thing Grumpy said...get a door pull up...they are like $20 at Walmart. Mine has a 250 weight limit so you would be good to go with that. I don't go to a gym, I do a lot of pullups and pushups, squats and I like this weeks WOW crawling around for 5 minutes...my kids are going to so get into this with me this week. I am even thinking of doing it while they sit on my back, they will think it is a ride and i get my workout. I like the whole thinking outside of the box when it comes to the workouts.
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