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Is Chronic Cardio a big scam?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I was watching a documentary on the evolution of man on Netflix (I forget the exact name but could find it if need be)...

The claim was that although humans are not necessarily faster than the animals they hunted during hunter-gatherer times, they actually have more endurance than any known mammal and the reason is that evolutionary pressure resulted in bodies with less and less hair thus allowing the body to cool itself more efficiently and be able to run for longer distances, i.e. endurance.

Consider this, Usain Bolt could not catch a gazelle in a 200 yd dash but a gazelle can not run for 26 miles, it would overheat.

Thought for food:

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on March 21, 2013
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It was Dr. Dre, right?

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I, for one, welcome these tinfoil hat threads.

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"food for thought"

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on March 21, 2013
at 07:54 PM

I think the "chronic cardio" phrase was coined to identify over-training that may lead to excess cortisol production, and overall stressed training. The folks running after gazelles are just trying to get dinner. Born to Run illustrates this long distance chase as do several YouTube videos.

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on March 21, 2013
at 07:52 PM

Yes chronic cardio is a scam. I'm not gonna run 20 miles for dinner, I'm gonna make a spear, a trap or run that ish off a cliff.

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on March 21, 2013
at 07:58 PM

What is your question? Yes, I believe that humans are unique in our endurance abilities. And that it's true that maintaining decent cardiac fitness is beneficial to both short and long term health, as well as being practical (even in these modern times there are circumstances where being able to run at a decent pace can save lives). But lotsa cardio will certainly not keep anyone in the best health, or thin, and too much cardio is an enormous stress on the body.

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on March 21, 2013
at 08:03 PM

The term "chronic cardio" has no meaning, it is something an internet health guru came up with.

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It was Dr. Dre, right?

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