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    Does anyone else do cardio on training days off?

    I lift 4 days a week and do cardio everyday. I feel better going for a long swim and bike ride instead of doing nothing. Anyone else with me on this? I find working in the water helps with my aches and pains has well and give my body a great stretch. Please tell me your experience. I have read lots of guys like taking a few days off a week. Maybe just different goals? Discuss Please.

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    I go to the gym everyday following a week long split. 4 days of resistance training, 3 days of cardio. I use cardio in between my lifting days to give my muscle groups the rest which is so very important.

    The only thing I see wrong with what you're describing is doing cardio everyday. Where is the break? Your heart and lungs, just like your muscle groups, need days off.

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    I usually do cardio at least 6 days a week. I usually have to force myself to take a day off from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazensol View Post
    I usually do cardio at least 6 days a week. I usually have to force myself to take a day off from time to time.
    I have no problem taking time off from cardio. :-) 3 days a week for me. Usually on non-lifting days, but it varies with my schedule.

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    Really depends on my progress. If I need to lose weight then yes, i go daily. Now I'm just in maintenance mode so I take days off.
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    I just feel like theres always a reason to do SOMETHING. I realize everyone is different. My job is not physically demanding so I have energy and I enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pawn master View Post
    I just feel like theres always a reason to do SOMETHING. I realize everyone is different. My job is not physically demanding so I have energy and I enjoy it.
    Right, I couldn't agree more. Nothing bothers me more than just sitting around for a day... I'm a courier for god sakes.
    All I do is drive.

    That's why I go everyday to the gym and just split my resistance days with cardiovascular days. I find I can really give it my all with that break in between. There is never an easy day... unless I'm sick or something of the sort.

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    Here's a question for you, what is you maximum and average heart rate during your cardio sessions?

    On my training days, the fasted morning cardio i do could be classed as a recovery exercise due the low demand on the body.

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    I am not 100% sure. I rarely look. I guess I would need to get a monitor for when I come out of the pool which is by far my favourite cardio. I do the same amount of time on the bike 35 mins 5 min cool down every time on a random setting at level 15 life fitness cycle. I do notice on some days my rpms do not drop below 90 and my distance increases and on others I am between 80-90 rpms and the distance is a bit lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gymsoldier View Post
    Here's a question for you, what is you maximum and average heart rate during your cardio sessions?

    On my training days, the fasted morning cardio i do could be classed as a recovery exercise due the low demand on the body.
    Depends on your goals but for me i keep my heart rate in the fat burning zone for 25-30 minutes post workout. below 130

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    Do some yoga instead of cardio ?

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    Yoga hey, never even considered that. I just might try it. I do like stretching. Was in Martial Arts for years in my teens really enjoyed that.

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    I do cardio every day. We went kayaking yesterday. I always try to perform cardio that I enjoy.
    Last edited by tigerspawn; 06-24-2013 at 09:24 AM.

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    I usually do a brisk walk on a treadmill for about 20 minutes after lifting. I also do the plyometrics workout from p90x once a week...that's one hell of a workout!!

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    If you enjoy it then go for it I guess. Not everything needs to be looked at has "training" got to have fun to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerspawn View Post
    I do cardio every day. We went kayaking yesterday. I always try to perform cardio that I enjoy.
    Lots of wisdom here. All work an no play makes Zodiac a dull boy.

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    Doing cardio on off days is phenomenal. Its a method known as active recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerspawn View Post
    I do cardio every day. We went kayaking yesterday. I always try to perform cardio that I enjoy.
    Man. Kayaking. I haven't done that for years. Got a bcu3* in it too. Lol. Although. I don't fancy my cgNces getting up out of a roll nowadays. Hips ain't so flexible. Buff power for a high brace tho haha!!

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