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Does Too Much Cardio Do More Harm Than Good?

You Asked: Am I Going Too Far?

You're asking and I'm answering.

"Hey Fit! I recently read the new exercise guidelines where it says healthy adults should get 30 minutes of cardio five days a week. Cycling is my release and more time than not I can hop on my bike and go pretty hard for well over an hour and I'll feel so great afterwards. Am I doing more harm than good?
- Cycling Christy

Yes, there are cases where you can involve yourself in too much cardio and do some damage to your body, especially your heart, but it doesn't sound like this is the case for you. Also, if you closely read the guidelines they also state that any exercise above the recommended minimum amounts provides even greater health benefits — though how much is too much has yet to be determined since it varies from person to person. Assuming that you've cleared your activity with your physician, and as long as you're not hurting or feeling badly after your long rides, then I don't see any reason for you to worry. Just be sure to listen to your body and attend to any aches and pains, even if minor. Also, check out these stretches recommended for cyclists, they will help prevent injury too.

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dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
I can so relate juju. Haven't riden my mountain bike since moving to LA. It sits in my living room with deflated tires! I invested in more home exercise equipment, have a gym in the apartment building and also love to workout for hours at the local gym, so I don't suffer. Miss riding in the Colorado mountains though. I have a bike rack for my car if I can ever get out of the crazy city. Yep, exercise is my drug!
juju4 juju4 9 years
I am so jealous! I love riding a bike, but I live in a busy section of LA and worry that I'd be run over with all of the crazy drivers out here.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
in the summertime i'd go for 3-4 hour drives pretty much daily and i have never felt better. plus i would always take my best friends with me, which is extremely good not only for your body but soul as well.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
If only I had the willpower to do cardio for over an hour everyday! I did yesterday, but that was a very rare case, and it was hiking
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thank you for this...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thank you for this...
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