Anonymous asked: Hi, my name is Amber. For my workouts, I do 30 minutes of cardio every day. However, some people say that it isn't safe for your muscles to do cardio every day because they need time to repair. Does this mean intense cardio, or is 30 minutes too much to do every day?
Also, I was reading a fitness blog that said you should lose the fat on your stomach entirely before you start working on your abs because if you don't, you can get a "pouch". Have you ever heard of this/ is it true? Thanks so much. Awesome blog!
Hi Amber! There’s really no harm in doing cardio every day as long as you feel strong enough. The whole idea of your body needing time to repair after a workout applies primarily to weight training, where the idea is to cause micro-tears in the muscle fibers so that they grow back bigger over time. Cardio, like running, biking, skating, boxing, etc is something that can be done everyday. The only thing you need to be concerned about is doing the same thing over & over again. Over time, you’re body will get used to the routine & you will stop seeing results. You have to constantly mix up your workouts so that you keep challenging yourself & keep your body from entering a plateau. I know people who do the exact same workout day in & day out - same routine, same duration, same intensity - and they can’t understand why they’re not getting closer to their goals. The reason is because their bodies have adapted to their workout & won’t keep progressing until it is faced with a new challenge. If you find yourself comfortable doing your 30-min/day, next time add a little more intensity or duration so you keep pushing your limits. About losing fat on your stomach - it’s impossible to target your fat loss to one particular area. Your body just doesn’t work that way - no matter what anyone tells you. You can only lose overall body fat, which will means that some fatloss will come from your mid-section, while the rest of it may come from your butt, thighs, arms, even your boobs. Eventually, if you lose enough fat, you will eliminate your stomach fat altogether, revealing your abs underneath. Hope this helps. Keep up the workouts and keep challenging yourself!