When you walk into a gym you’re certain to see a few things. A friendly person at the front desk, a place to pick up a towel and many, many people working out on cardio machines.
Treadmills, elliptical and stair climbers. They’re the most commonly used pieces of equipment in the gym. But the question is – can they be used too much?
Is it possible to do too much cardio?
In short, the answer is yes. But how much is too much?
Well, the amount of cardio that can be called will vary from person to person. In general, 60-90 minutes of cardio is safe for almost anyone as long as
- Your heart rate isn’t at or over 80% of your max the entire time
- You eat enough food each day to replace the fuel you are burning up
In general, it’s not a good idea to do cardio every day. If you are determinted to do a lot of cardio, stick with a max of 4 days a week, 5 if you really need to. But always be sure to take at least one day to rest.
Your body sees exercise as stress and so it reacts the same way it does to a stressful situation. Too much cardio can actually have negative effects on your metabolism – in the same way that eating too few calories can. Also – did you know that too much cardio can result in muscle loss? Surely that’s not the goal you’re looking for.
Doing cardio is a great way to burn calories, lose weight, sweat and have some fun. But don’t overdo it. If you see signs of exhaustion or if you can’t sleep you may need to take a break from doing cardio.
So be safe, have fun and we’ll see you at the gym!