We all know that in order to get lean you have to do cardio exercises and have a diet which you have to stick to. But did you know that too much cardio can be bad for you? If you’re killing yourself on the treadmill, you can actually lose muscle. If you don’t know how much cardio is too much, here’s some help!
THE GREAT CARDIO MYTH
There is a wrong myth in the society about losing fat. A lot of people think that if you starve yourself and do hours of cardio each day, the fat from your body is just going to vanish. The truth is: performing too much cardio will put your body in a state where you’ll lose your muscles. It will not only reduce your strength, but it will also slow down your metabolism quite a bit. If your metabolism becomes too slow, you’ll have a tough time burning fat. Unfortunately, there is no exact answer for how much cardio is too much. But, obviously, anything you do (like running) over 70 minutes each day is counterproductive. Especially if are not taking in enough protein or calories to support it all. In order to maintain those muscles, you need enough food every day.
Working out is meant to be fun; it shouldn’t be something that’s long and boring. If you are in the gym for more than one hour every day doing aerobic training or similar things, you’re probably overdoing it. If you’re not planning to run a whole marathon or biking around your country, that much cardio will take you 10 steps backwards as opposed to not overdoing it.
It’s always good to remember that more is not better here. Be smart when it comes to your training. Keep it a hard and an efficient mission to burn that fat, and preserve muscle.