Low intensity cardio during the day

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  1. Low intensity cardio during the day


    Is there any benefit of doing an hour of low intensity cardio midday? I missed this morning's cardio session and need to know if it would still provide the same benefits if I upped the time to an hour vs. 1/2. Should I just do HIIT instead?


  2. what would you call "low"
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  3. It will still burn the same number of calories...

  4. Quote Originally Posted by meathead1987
    It will still burn the same number of calories...
    yes, but will it be as effective as in a fasted state, or will I simply be using carbs for feul.

    BTW, the cardio I'm talking about is either the stationary bike or the treadmill @ 65-75%MHR.

  5. The point of cardio is to burn calories. You're thinking about it too much.
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  6. I guess I'll go ahead then. thanks guys.

  7. if WILL be effective, however, not AS effective as first thing in the morning or right after your workout ... try to do it about 2 hours after eating

  8. Quote Originally Posted by glenihan
    or right after your workout ...
    So cardio after a workout is more effective than cardio in the middle of a non-workout day? Does cardio after workout have any other downsides as opposed to cardio in a fasted state?

  9. according to bobo and others that know cardio after a workout is more effective than just doing cardio in the middle of the day ... however you shouldn't go as long .. max 30 minutes after workout at 60-65% of max hr

    i usually do it after my workout .. although recently i've started doing cardio on an empty stomach in the morning AND after my workouts .. but i'm 4 weeks out from a show

  10. Good Luck in the show, btw Glen....

    I do the same thing, actually... Moderate / High Intensity Cardio in the a.m. before breakfast 6 days / week and light cardio immediately post workout 4-5 days a week.

  11. Ok, thats very good to hear actually. Considering the time I leave home in the morning, it would be impossible to squeeze an extra hour of low intensity cardio in. I already have trouble to get into bed early enough to get a good amount of night's rest.

    I'm not preparing for a show so there's no real need to have like 10 cardio sessions per week

    GL with the show, your body at this point is my short-term goal, if I reach that I'll be very happy, but we're never satisfied, are we?

  12. Quote Originally Posted by Anarchy939
    yes, but will it be as effective as in a fasted state, or will I simply be using carbs for feul.

    BTW, the cardio I'm talking about is either the stationary bike or the treadmill @ 65-75%MHR.
    Fasted state Low intensity cardio is not as effective as a Midday fed state session. Provided you are eating optimally.

    Edit... Glenihans case is an exception. So don't get your panties in a bunch Ok G?

  13. The difference wont be huge though will it?

  14. Quote Originally Posted by meathead1987
    The difference wont be huge though will it?
    In terms of catabolism, yes.

  15. don't worry LO .. panties are unbunched
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lean One
    Fasted state Low intensity cardio is not as effective as a Midday fed state session. Provided you are eating optimally.

    Edit... Glenihans case is an exception. So don't get your panties in a bunch Ok G?
    thanks for the info. I am planning on incorporating more of it into my current routine.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by glenihan
    don't worry LO .. panties are unbunched
    Did you just admit you wear panties??

    BWHAHAHAHA!

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Lean One
    Fasted state Low intensity cardio is not as effective as a Midday fed state session. Provided you are eating optimally.

    Edit... Glenihans case is an exception. So don't get your panties in a bunch Ok G?
    LO - How about fasted state moderate-high intensity cardio... how does that stack up?

  19. You should eat carbs around high intsnsity cardio due to the upregulation of glut 4 receptors in muscle cells. When that happens more glucose is shuttled to muscle cells as opposed to fat cells.

    I also could never perform a good HIIT session without some form of carbohydrate in me.

  20. Low intensity cardio first thing in the morning is much more effective than anyt mid day session will be.

    If the heart rate is kept low, there will be no catabolic activity.
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by meathead1987
    You should eat carbs around high intsnsity cardio due to the upregulation of glut 4 receptors in muscle cells. When that happens more glucose is shuttled to muscle cells as opposed to fat cells.

    I also could never perform a good HIIT session without some form of carbohydrate in me.

    You should eat carbs because gluconeogenesis increases because high intenstiy is more glycogen dependent than low intensity.

    You should have a carb/amino mixture for optimal nutrition.
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by Magickk
    LO - How about fasted state moderate-high intensity cardio... how does that stack up?
    It doesn't stack at all. Its terrible in terms of muscle loss.
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by Magickk
    LO - How about fasted state moderate-high intensity cardio... how does that stack up?
    It doesn't IMO.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by Lean One
    Fasted state Low intensity cardio is not as effective as a Midday fed state session.

    Actually its the opposite.
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  25. Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    Low intensity cardio first thing in the morning is much more effective than any mid day session will be.

    If the heart rate is kept low, there will be no catabolic activity.
    Does that mean to do it on an empty stomach? If so, I find it hard to believe there is no catabolic activity, low intensity or not.

  26. Yes on an empty stomach and no it does't cause any catabolic activity.

    You can ask any one of my clients.

    Contrary to popular belief, upon wakening you are not very catabolic unless you are starving yourself to begin with. Granted you need to have your diet down and can't be following any of these ridiculous diets that limits carb or food intake after 5pm....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    Yes on an empty stomach and no it does't cause any catabolic activity.

    You can ask any one of my clients.

    Contrary to popular belief, upon wakening you are not very catabolic unless you are starving yourself to begin with. Granted you need to have your diet down and can't be following any of these ridiculous diets that limits carb or food intake after 5pm....
    How empty do you consider empty (time wise since last meal)? And furthermore does it matter then if it is first AM or not if it is indeed empty.
    All my life I've never stopped to worry 'bout a thing,
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  28. I eat my last meal right before I go to bed, as you should
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  29. Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    Contrary to popular belief, upon wakening you are not very catabolic unless you are starving yourself to begin with.
    Interesting. I was totally unaware of this.

  30. Just because you don't eat for 6-8 hours doens't mean your body all of sudden starts feeding on itself, especially during sleep where your metabolic rate is slowed drastically.

    Muscle loss happens in extreme conditions. The term is thrown around too much by people who don't know how to diet.

    If you are 4-8% then it becomes a problem but it becomes a problems all day, not just during sleep.
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