Is basketball paleo-friendly or chronic cardio?

Commented on March 17, 2014
Created March 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM


I've been playing basketball since I was a kid and would be hard pressed to give it up. Now a staple of paleo exercise is to do a lot of low-level activity (ex/ walking, cycling, hiking, etc) and short bursts of intense activity, about 20 to 30 minutes. I don't see how basketball really fits either criteria. Pickup basketball sessions last 1-2 hours, for which you obviously cannot maintain an all-out intensity. At the same time, it is intense enough that you're not just walking back and forth the entire time. Either way, you're either jogging back and forth if you're not playing too hard, or are constantly sprinting and stopping, but for a duration far beyond what you would do in high intensity interval training.

The only reason I'm bringing this up is that I've always felt exhausted after a basketball game, regardless of fitness level, which has geared me towards this train of thought. On the other hand, I've only been strength training at the gym on and off for maybe 2 years and lately I'm feeling much more of a post-workout adrenline high since deciding not to do every last set to exhaustion.

Could it be the solution is to get so fit that jogging constitutes "low-level" cardiovascular activity for my body? Should I constantly ask for subs as to reduce the amount of time on the court to something closer to 30-45 mins?



on March 17, 2014
at 12:17 AM

You are good. I'm sure paleo man tossed some fruit into the baskets from Time to time. Hell, he probably sprinted and jumped too.

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on March 16, 2014
at 06:57 PM

From my point of view, any exercise that you find fun, you shouldn't give up unless it causes you injury.



on March 16, 2014
at 04:30 AM

How old are you? How are your knees & back holding up?

How many sessions per week?



on March 16, 2014
at 01:50 AM

Stop worrying about if X fits the definition of "chronic cardio"! Let's just say if you enjoy doing it, it's not chronic cardio.

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