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    So, first I haven't read the full PB book yet. Perhaps this is answered there.

    I've never liked cardio, can't really run much more than a block or so. I can skate 3 miles easily though. If I don't do cardio, how can I have any endurance? Is it ok to not be able to run more than a block? I can walk for miles, can sprint a bit if I really try.

    Perhaps it's the paradigm shift, but it seems that I should be striving to be able to do something "active" without huffing and puffing.

    Thoughts? Or just a steer to the right article/blog post would be lovely.
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  • #2
    Well, first question is- what are you wanting endurance for and do you enjoy it? Like, are you trying to run a marathon or something?

    Read the book on recommendations for cardio/exercise, but as always- if you enjoy something and it's making you feel good, do it. If your joints hurt and it sucks, don't do it!

    You can easily get more endurance by hiking, biking, sprinting instead of running on the treadmill like a friggin' gerbil.

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    • #3
      If you can't run a few blocks without huffing and puffing, pretty much any physical exercise will increase your endurance. Sprinting, strength training, sports...

      Specific training for endurance is called for when you already are fit and train for better times, but it's totally overkill for your goals.

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      • #4
        I can skate 3 miles easily though. . . . I can walk for miles, can sprint a bit if I really try.
        There ya go. Lots of movement below 75% max. heart rate and one or two sprint sessions per week.

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        • #5
          Tiki, I just bought a new bike. I'm 56 years old, and an open heart surgery survivor, so biking is very low impact for me. But I can also walk 3 miles without too much of a problem, so I am fortunate that I have options. Do what you can to begin with to increase your endurance, and work from there. We all started somewhere.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the replies!

            Gosh, a marathon sounds like misery! I wish I liked to run, it seems like a noble activity. I can bike at lowish speeds on the flat for 5 miles or so without feeling exhausted. A hill-climb will wind me briefly, but I recover quickly.

            Equipment-assisted activities, like biking or inline skating, are much easier for me than running or jogging. Walking is easy and fun, but doesn't feel like it does anything for endurance.

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            • #7
              you gotta squat.

              maybe you know my motto, maybe you do not, it is "if you ain't squattin', you're worthless"

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              • #8
                All good posts above - btw this is answered in detail in the book, with great logic and examples. I highly recommend reading the whole book at least once before reading the junk on these forums.
                If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tiki View Post
                  I've never liked cardio, can't really run much more than a block or so.
                  It feels good to run. Freeing, using the body, covering ground. Just like it feels good to lift heavy, or dolphin kick underwater until your lungs are screaming so hard for air that your eyesight gets misty and you hear your heartbeat.

                  This whole fear of running in particular here is silly and basically unfounded at the distances any of the people here would put in. They may talk about chronic cardio, but they have nothing to say unless they're trying to qualify for Boston.

                  ETA - additionally, there is significant research that suggests the impact from running (with proper form) helps increase density of all aspects of your locomotion chain - ligaments, bones, muscle, everything.

                  BTW, go squat, and go run a 5k, because if you aren't doing it, you're nothing.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tiki View Post
                    So, first I haven't read the full PB book yet. Perhaps this is answered there.

                    I've never liked cardio, can't really run much more than a block or so. I can skate 3 miles easily though. If I don't do cardio, how can I have any endurance? Is it ok to not be able to run more than a block? I can walk for miles, can sprint a bit if I really try.

                    Perhaps it's the paradigm shift, but it seems that I should be striving to be able to do something "active" without huffing and puffing.

                    Thoughts? Or just a steer to the right article/blog post would be lovely.

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                    • #11
                      I love running and despite the hate it gets here its the one thing I wont give up.The strange thing I have found is since taking up long distance running,my quads have increased in muscle rapidly,who needs squats. n=1 I suppose.

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                      • #12
                        Try a sport.

                        I too dont enjoy typical cardio for long i.e. jogging, elliptical, I find it boring. You could always do intervals, 1 day steady state, next day hiit, then swap machines or make a gym program that involves different cardio.
                        20 mins jogging
                        20 mins cycling so on.

                        Imo, try a sport.
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                        • #13
                          If your question/goal revolves around weight loss, lifting heavy things should be more your goal.

                          If you do a physical activity, such as a particular sport, then running could be a means to the end of improving your endurance in that endeavor. However, there are even some people that don't find running really carries over to their sport. Find what works for you.

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                          • #14
                            Hello. My question is about cardio.Tell me which cardio exercise is best for fitness. I do walk only. Is it enough for a great fitness? Share your valuable ideas with me.
                            Last edited by Revend; 09-09-2011, 10:34 PM.

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