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How much cardio time in your work out is optimal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 13, 2013 at 5:33 AM

Before going paleo my workouts would be 40% cardio and then 60% weights. Is this a good ratio to continue on while paleo? Or isn't it a paleo work out?

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Thanks loads, will be looking into that

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on February 13, 2013
at 06:55 AM

Paleo exercises can be broken down into the following seven movements:

squatting,

bending,

lunging,

pushing,

pulling,

twisting, and

running (and other gait exercises).

http://www.rosebudmag.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/lose-weight-simple-truths-for-fat-loss-muscle-tone

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on February 13, 2013
at 08:08 AM

Thanks loads, will be looking into that

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on February 14, 2013
at 01:48 AM

I doubt all Palaeolithic humans were of an identical physical makeup. I'm sure they had a range of body types and natural aptitudes just like us. I run way more than is usually thought of as primal, but it's just in my genes.

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on February 13, 2013
at 10:07 PM

It really depends on you. do you sit around at work or are you on your feet all day? If you are fairly active, you might get away with just weight training and some intense interval training. I sit down most of the day. So I try to do a couple of cardio sessions a week in addition to 2 or 3 weight training sessions. what I'm doing is low grade cardio, mostly to be moving. But I do vary the intensity, so they are intervals in a way. The bottom line is, do you like your routine? If so, don't worry if its not paleo. I do recommend quality weight training and long cardio, be done on different days.

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on February 13, 2013
at 04:47 PM

My opinion: Don't waste time doing cardio for the sake of cardio. If you are going to do it, go for HIIT and get good cardio without having to spend a ton of time doing it. This has been my routine for a few years, and my resting heart rate is ~55-58, BP ~110/70 even while I have body fat > 30% (I turn 39 in April).

I'm fortunate to have a gym at work so I do about 16 mins on the elliptical twice a day, alternating really high and much lower resistance levels every two minutes. On the weekends I do the same on a stationary bike. This is all in addition to some weight training, but just enough of that to maintain my current muscles (which are decent as I've always worked out even if I was eating crappy) while I work on weight loss.

I always eat my most calorie dense foods (hazelnuts are my current pick) after my workouts, which so far is doing a good job of preserving muscle even though I'm in weight loss mode. I did not do this my first experimentation with paleo, and my workouts took a huge hit. Much better results this time around.

Others may agree or disagree, all I know is that this works really well for me.

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