Cardio Myths You Should Stop Believing

Did you know that too much cardio can lead to weight gain? On top of that, it slows your metabolism, causing your body to burn less energy throughout the day. Yet, most people spend hours on the treadmill each week. Cardio training has its benefits, but this doesn’t mean you should overdo it. The key is to maintain a balance between aerobic exercise, strength training, and rest.

Here are some of the most common myths that refuse to die:

The More Cardio You Do, the Better:

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While it’s true that cardio burns fat, it may also cause damage in the long run. Over time, your body adapts to aerobic exercise. As a result, it burns fewer calories than it did when you first started to work out. If you’re an endurance athlete, this isn’t a bad thing. But if your goal is to lose weight, you’re going to be disappointed.

Cardio Exercise Builds Muscle

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It’s not uncommon to see people jogging or running on the treadmill to build lean muscle and get stronger legs. Aerobic exercise actually burns muscle. Most bodybuilders avoid cardio training in the off season due to its catabolic effects. Your legs and butt will probably get firmer over time, but that’s because you lose fat.

Cardio Can Compensate for Bad Eating

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Some people mistakenly believe that cardio training can compensate for bad eating. Don’t we all wish this myth was true? Unfortunately, it’s not. Regardless of how much cardio you do, you’re wasting your time if you keep eating junk food and sweets. Believe it or not, it would take hours to burn the calories in a slice of pizza or a chocolate bar.

You Should Do Cardio on an Empty Stomach

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Do you skip breakfast before your cardio session? Big mistake! High intensity cardio in a fasted state can actually burn you out, leading to fatigue, light-headedness, low energy, and poor concentration. Doing steady state cardio on an empty stomach isn’t better either. You’ll be able to work out harder and burn more calories in a session if you train after eating.

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