Over 45,000 runners took to the streets of New York City for the marathon. Yet, scientific research has exposed the dangers of this type of excessive cardio.
According to the Wall Street Journal article, research published in the British journal “Heart” in 2012 stated:
Running 20-25 miles or more per week eliminates the benefit of the exercise, as you grow older and causes excessive wear and tear on the heart.
Wow. Could it be any more obvious? Even the father of aerobics Dr Kenneth agrees and said,
"If you are running more than 15 miles a week, you are doing it for some reason other than health."
The truth about excessive cardio is this:
- You can get more effective fat burning workout in less time
- Spending less time doing cardio means less wear and tear on your heart, joints and muscles
- You can free up a ton of time, at least 200-250 minutes/week (if you’re running a 10 minute mile), and do more important things.
With the right exercises, you can do amazing fat burning workouts to boost your metabolism while protecting your heart.
You can use the following bodyweight circuit to replace your boring cardio sessions. It’s bodyweight only, so no fancy equipment is required. Do each exercise in order with no rest. Aim for a fast, controlled pace with a smooth transition between exercises.
Complete as many rounds as possible in 5 minutes. Rest for 90 seconds and then repeat once:
- Alternating Reverse Lunges x 5
- Push Ups x 5
- Mountain Climbers x 5
- Jump Squats x 5
Replace your cardio workouts with circuits like this, and remember to always stay safe! Never, ever let your back round. If you get fatigued and your form gets sloppy, take a timeout.