Someone asked me an awesome question the other day: “How much cardio is too much cardio???”
And that hit home with me, because I went through a phase a couple years ago of doing wayyy too much cardio that left me exhausted and burnt out for fitness. Anyone else been there?
Figuring out the right amount of exercise for your personal body and your goals can be challenging! Do you do cardio 3 times a week? 4 times? Morning? Night? 2 times a day? So many options!
(Note: you shouldn't have to do cardio 2x a day) In 2015 I was doing over an hour of cardio 6-7 days a week for a good chunk of time, and it ate my muscles (and energy) away, reduced my strength greatly and made me resent the gym. I knew I had to make a change so I first started backing off the intensity of my cardio, because mentally I was still attached to doing cardio every day. I started to make a change in 2017. Less HIIT cardio, lower heart rate and less calories burned...not exactly common for a fitness lover! I went from an hour to 45 minutes. Then 45 to 30 minutes, and I stayed accountable to myself that I would honor those times. It was hard to not keep pushing when I was used to longer workouts, but the payoff was balance for life!