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    I have been walking outside every day, anywhere from 30" to 75" - not super fast walking, but I do go up and down a few hills, so work up a sweat. IS that considered chronic cardio because I do it every day? I thought walking daily was a good thing as part of Paleo - so I am confused!? I also do yoga and was doing kettlebells for awhile, but have had issues with my back/neck area, so not doing any heavy lifting right now. Thanks!

  • #2
    No, walking everyday is not chronic cardio.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lindacat View Post
      I have been walking outside every day, anywhere from 30" to 75"...
      30 to 75 inches? I'm pretty sure that's not what you meant. That's like 1-3 strides.

      But no, you should walk as much as possible as far as I'm concerned. As long as it's not cutting into your sleep, I don't see how it could hurt.

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      • #4
        Some of the world's healthiest people are said to be standing herdsmen. Don't know how true it is - but standing/walking is supposed to help make your arteries bigger, so plaque doesn't matter as much as you age.
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          For the very unfit, brisk walking may be enough to move you into anaerobic exercise, in which case, you could be in that chronic cardio zone.

          A related issue, and question, is if you are fit enough to jog and keep your heart rate below 75% of max (which is really how Mark defines moving slowly), are there any downsides to a daily hour long aerobic run? How would that differ from a brisk daily aerobic walk?

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          • #6
            Sorry, I meant 30-75 minutes......I plan to continue walking daily - but was just curious about it being chronic cardio, as I had read a couple other posts where people were stopping their daily walks because they thought it was chronic.

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            • #7
              So, what would be chronic cardio? I was thinking about jogging 4-5 miles, one day per week. Would that be considered chronic?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                So, what would be chronic cardio? I was thinking about jogging 4-5 miles, one day per week. Would that be considered chronic?
                I would say not chronic. Depending on pace and heart rate, could be cardio or not.

                My sense is that the problem comes from exercise related stress and chronically elevated cortisol day in and day out. I would have to guess that an all out sprint session every 7-10 days spikes cortisol, which leads to adaptation. Chronically elevated cortisol leads to exhaustion and breakdown.
                Last edited by OneDeltaTenTango; 08-10-2012, 12:39 PM.

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                • #9
                  I do sprint interavals a few times per week. Sometimes I get the urge to just jog, maybe as a challenge or something. I figure once every week or two wouldn't be something that keeps cortisol levels chronically elevated.

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                  • #10
                    I think the term chronic cardio gets tossed around way too much. Most people do not work hard enough, then wonder why they don't see results. I walk 2-4 miles every day with my dog, and do 2-3 days of other cardio (running, rowing, ellyptical) during the week. My lifts all rank in the advanced/elite range for my weight and age, so I guess it's not that chronic.
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                    • #11
                      Walking a few miles a day is perfectly natural and healthy.

                      Steep hills may constitute a sprint or two ... but I doubt that your heart rate would be above 75% max chronically while walking, unless you are very unfit.
                      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                      • #12
                        If you are doing it because you enjoy it, go for it. If you are doing it to loose weight - chronic.
                        Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                        • #13
                          NOT walking everyday is unhealthy. Even 1950s housewives walked around all day. It's unnatural to sit all day! Keep up the walking!

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                          • #14
                            Walking is great.

                            My understanding of chronic cardio:
                            1. A long time spent doing it at a steady rate (45 minutes plus)
                            2. Heart rate elevated into anaerobic zone (depends on your numbers, but walking won't do it for most people)
                            3. Done daily, or near daily.
                            4. Limited or no recovery time.

                            I think that last one is really what differentiates chronic from not. Someone who runs 5-6 miles once a week at an 8-minute pace isn't doing chronic cardio. Doing that every day probably is.

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                            • #15
                              Walking is great. Nomads did a lot of it. It is good for your core because your body works to keep you upright. It's good for your legs. Good for your aerobic capacity. It's good for your bones because it's gently impactive. Having been in various states of health/unhealth all my life because of my own bad habits, the one thing I always felt was that as long as I could walk, I could start walking back to good health.

                              Walking is our natural mode of transport. What's unhealthy is sitting all day.

                              I think chronic goes to hard training over years and the kinds of destruction to the body that happens to some kinds of athletes.
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