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    Is it chronic cardio to do the elliptical 5 days a week with some yoga on the weekends? I don't feel burnt out at all and enjoy doing this cardio for energy in the mornings. I usually do level 12, resistance 4/5 for 45 minutes. I have not actually noticed any changes in my body, in fact I seem to lose weight when I don't do any cardio at all so that makes me think I am potentially stressing my body?

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    How high are you pushing your heart rate? If over 75% of your theoretical maximum based on age and gender then you may well be in chronic cardio territory
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    • #3
      Originally posted by peril View Post
      How high are you pushing your heart rate? If over 75% of your theoretical maximum based on age and gender then you may well be in chronic cardio territory
      Just saw on the elliptical it was 175. IM 26 so is that above the 75%?

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      • #4
        Definitely chronic cardio. Are you doing it to try and lose fat? Is it working?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Zach View Post
          Definitely chronic cardio. Are you doing it to try and lose fat? Is it working?
          Yes, just wanted to lose about 2 pounds. I was underweight for a while then got to a healthy weight, but I consider myself in the "skinny fat" category, thought doing cardio would help tone up a bit and lose just a few lbs. In fact, I see the scale going up, but I exercise every day and don't eat any grains at all.

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          • #6
            As much as I like my 'chronic' cardio, it's not doing a thing in respect to fat, or any weight loss for me.
            I'm sure the standard advice here will be to lift heavy instead.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Graycat View Post
              As much as I like my 'chronic' cardio, it's not doing a thing in respect to fat, or any weight loss for me.
              I'm sure the standard advice here will be to lift heavy instead.
              Yoga's good.

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              • #8
                To tone up, you need to build muscle but if you start building muscle you probably won't lose weight, although you will likely lose fat.

                Yoga is very good, as are bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, etc, to get started with. I don't think lifting heavy is necessary if all you're looking to do is tone up and get rid of 2 (measly) pounds of fat. Whether all that elliptical time is chronic cardio or not, it sounds mind-numbingly boring.

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                • #9
                  Many of the top fat loss authorities claim that cardio can actually have the opposite of the desired effect. It will make you a cery efficient fat storer, lower your metabolism and make you hungrier. That first one is a scary thought.

                  My advice would be to drop any cardio that you dont find fun and spend more time doing yoga and a bit of strength training. Adding lean mass will do more for you skinny fat condition then losing two pounds.

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                  • #10
                    If you don't feel burned out at all, then no, it isn't. If you ever feel like you haven't recovered from the day before, or just aren't motivated to do a workout you might be overtraining.

                    However, it's not really going to help you lose much weight, especially if you're shooting for only 2 pounds. (Really, you're worried about *two* pounds? You probably gain and lose that much daily just from changes in food and water levels.)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                      If you don't feel burned out at all, then no, it isn't. If you ever feel like you haven't recovered from the day before, or just aren't motivated to do a workout you might be overtraining.

                      However, it's not really going to help you lose much weight, especially if you're shooting for only 2 pounds. (Really, you're worried about *two* pounds? You probably gain and lose that much daily just from changes in food and water levels.)
                      It's just hard for me to really understand this chronic cardio. You see people who pik up running an cardio and immediately drop weight. For me I never notice any positive results, but I feel good after so dont want to give it up.

                      2 pounds may not be exact, I want to just look a little bit more toned but the second I do weight I also bulk up so I'm trying to figure out the best method here.

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                      • #12
                        Everyone here hates cardio. Me--I love cardio, but I hate the elliptical. Not hard enough. Couldn't get my heart rate to 75% max no matter what. (I mean, if you turn up the resistance a lot--i.e., to the point where you can hardly pedal, then it becomes resistance training, but if you set the resistance to a range where you can pedal, it's too easy.) I'm a runner, and since I'm currently training for a race, I'm definitely doing chronic cardio. Chronic cardio = weight loss for me though. I wouldn't obsess over whether something is chronic cardio. If you feel good doing it, then you're probably okay.

                        Edit: I will probably be stoned for this, but if the elliptical isn't helping you lose the 2 pounds, try running. You may not need to run 45 minutes 5 days a week either. Running is more intense so you don't have to do it as frequently. When I first started working out, I did the elliptical. (I was really unfit so the elliptical was all I could do.) Didn't lose any weight at all even though I was doing it 5-6 days a week. Once I started running a couple months later, the weight fell off. When I first started running, I would run 2x a week and do the elliptical 2x a week. That worked for me.
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                        • #13
                          I used to run a LOT and ended up losing some weight, however I got injured so put it on hold. When I started running again, in fact I had the same issue in which I started to gain weight and could feel it in my legs especially. I have not been running recently, but I could give it a shot again and see if that helps at all. What about weight training though? Any benefit to this Serenity?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by VeggieLover View Post
                            Just saw on the elliptical it was 175. IM 26 so is that above the 75%?
                            Heart rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                            Simplest formula for max rate is 220 - age = 194 for you. 75% of that is 145.5. You're well into chronic cardio territory. Means much of you exercise is anaerobic so needs to be fuelled by carbohydrate. If you reduce the intensity into aerobic territory you can go all day burning fat. Anaerobic activity should only be undertaken in short bursts, like HIIT or lifting heavy
                            Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                            Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                            • #15
                              Replace a couple of your cardio sessions with weight training sessions. You will probably gain weight, but I'm guessing it's fat you want to lose anyway, not weight?

                              If you're enjoying the cardio and it's not making you feel bad, then it's not really a problem. As someone else said, SSCV (steady state cardiovascular) training is not the best fat burner anyway. Have a look at HIIT.

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