Common Workout Myths Part 2- Cardio Is A Must To Lose Weight!

Are you that person that goes to the gym and does the exact same cardio workout every day for 45 minutes, an hour, or even longer? You get on the elliptical machine and put it on cruise control but despite all that time on the machine, you don’t see the results you’re expecting.

Steady, long cardio workouts increase production of a stress hormone called cortisol. Chronically high levels of cortisol can increase your risk for a variety of health issues, such as sleep disturbances, digestive issues, depression, weight gain, and memory impairment. Excess cortisol also encourages fat gain, particularly around the abdomen. Heavy-resistance exercises are found to stimulate markedly acute cortisol responses, similar to those responses found in marathon running.

That’s why despite your best intentions, your metabolism often seems stuck in neutral with long drawn out cardio workouts.

Here’s the nasty kicker— too much cardio can actually accelerate the aging process! When you put your body through prolonged stress, you start producing free-radicals which damages cells and causes inflammation. And as we’ve discussed in previous articles, inflammation is the root of all evil (at least as far as health goes).

It is well known that activity of cytosolic enzymes in blood plasma is increased after exhaustive cardio exercise. This may be taken as a sign of damage to muscle cells. The degree of oxidative stress and of muscle damage does not depend on the absolute intensity of exercise but on the degree of exhaustion of the person who performs exercise.(1)

There is a right way to do cardio and it doesn’t involve living at the gym. You shouldn’t have to wake up at 5am just to squeeze in a cardio workout before work.

I’ll explain a more effective cardio workout, but before I give you the recipe for cardio success, we have 3 more workout myths to dispel.


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