Setting the record straight… I don’t hate cardio

Let me set the record straight…⁠⁠
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I don’t HATE cardio.⁠⁠
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That one time I wrote a post about Peloton, people came out of the woodwork to tell me how wrong I was.⁠⁠
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They also told me how stupid I was and how much they hated me. That was a fun day…⁠⁠
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Thing is, they didn’t actually READ the post before jumping to conclusions.
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What I said was, cardio is great. It makes us feel good, it boosts our mood, helps us access endorphins, it helps detoxify the body (so much sweat!).⁠⁠
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But it’s not going to change your physique the way you want it to, nor will it build muscle.⁠⁠
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And it’s certainly not going to do that if you’re doing so much of it that it’s causing hormonal, adrenal, and/or thyroid issues because your body is so stressed out. ⁠⁠
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It’ll actually do the opposite of what you want.⁠⁠
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Excess cardio can cause high levels of cortisol which might make you gain body fat, wreck your sleep, throw off your energy levels, and more.⁠⁠
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Here are some common symptoms you’re likely to experience when you have hormonal issues:⁠⁠
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▪️Heavy periods⁠⁠
▪️Headaches⁠⁠
▪️Brain fog⁠⁠
▪️Acne⁠⁠
▪️Bloating⁠⁠
▪️Weight gain⁠⁠
▪️Muscle loss⁠⁠
▪️Mood swings⁠⁠
▪️Insomnia ⁠⁠
▪️Low libido ⁠⁠
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And note, ‘common’ doesn’t mean it’s normal. You should NOT be experiencing these symptoms…so if you are…you might need to make some changes!⁠⁠
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Listen, I love a great sweat session. I’ve finally gotten back into running after a long time off, and I am feeling great!⁠⁠
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I just want to warn you of doing so much cardio that you’re damaging your health and your hormones.⁠⁠
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In a nutshell, I love cardio, and I love it if you do too. ⁠⁠
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Do the cardio. But also eat the food, do the heavy-for-you weightlifting, get the rest, and take care of your health too.⁠⁠
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You are more than the miles you log on your treadmill or bike.⁠⁠
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Do you do a lot of cardio? Do any of these ‘common’ symptoms sound like something you’re struggling with?⁠⁠
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#cardio #peloton #metabolism #metabolismcoach #fatlosscoach #fdnp #macrotracking #hormones #hormonalhealth #imbalancedhormones⁠⁠

2 Comments

  1. I read the original post about Peloton and read this and I still feel like you are making a generalization. I started a Peloton app subscription back last March. Prior to that I did mostly cardio and lifted occasionally – and it definitely was a habit that wasn’t working for me. Since starting my Peloton membership I have drastically cut down my running, I bike once or twice a week (for fun and gently) and do mostly weights with some yoga mixed in. Weights are my main dish, cardio is my dessert (well that and some killer stretching classes) and I feel amazing. “Peloton” as an ecosystem is more than cardio, do I think you would be better off just addressing the excessive cardio than attacking something that has been really good for a lot of people. Just my perspective on this.

    Been reading for a lot of years and love your blog:)

    1. I’m glad to hear it’s working for you and you’re listening to your body, but I think you’re still missing the point. I’m not attacking Peloton; I’m addressing on excessive cardio, which is why I mentioned hormonal imbalance and body composition goals. 🙂

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