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July 27, 2013 8:08 AM
I love cardio! probably too much. so I am wondering if I'm doing it too often.

I tend to do the eliptical for an hour because sometimes i can't get a workout until it's already dark out, so the gym is an ideal spot. I live in a great walking city and don't have a car so I do walk around everywhere, I don't consider it my daily exercise, it's just part of my daily life and keeps me generally active.

Seeking opinions on my exercise regimen:

Monday - Cardio
Tuesday - HIIT / Circuit Training w/ weights
Wednesday - Cardio
Thursday - HIIT / circuit training with weights
Friday - Cardio
****Saturday - HERE IS WHERE I NEED YOUR OPINION. I want to do Cardio!!!! Is it ok to only do HIIT / Weights 2x/ week??
Sunday - rest day, but i do walk around all over the place

I don't know why i love doing the eliptical for 65 minutes, but i love it. i sweat, and i get out a lot of energy. I listen to great music and it flies by. i really just loooove it right now.

I've recently started eating "clean" which for me basically means i'm cooking at home with a lot of produce, eggs & chicken breasts. I can feel the new calorie deficit having a good effect on my body but I also want to continue to stay strong.

I wouldn't mind "visible abs" but i'm not trying to be a body builder here. I just want to keep moving in a forward direction and shed another inch or two, maybe drop another 2% of body fat.

thoughts? I love cardio SO much!!! I really just want to hop on the eliptical today (it's saturday) but I keep reading that i should be doing HIIT / weights 3x/ week.

I have a trainer, and I see him on tuesdays and thursdays. Next week I start "group training" with some friends, tuesdays and thursdays. the rest of the week all i want to do is cardio....should i be forcing myself to suck it up and do weights on my own on saturdays?
July 27, 2013 1:30 PM
If you love the elliptical, do it!! You can do a few body weight exercises right after!!! Squats, lunges, push ups and crunches!! That's what I do on the days I run!!
July 27, 2013 1:32 PM
i wouldn't worry about cardio 4 times a week. if you enjoy it, do it.
July 27, 2013 1:34 PM
Do what you love
July 27, 2013 1:35 PM
Another option could be keeping the same number of cardio sessions, but making them intervals. I think its ok to do cardio as often as you want so long as you aren't getting injured in the process.
July 27, 2013 1:38 PM
Do what you like as long you are seeing the results you want. I love elliptical. There are days I stay on it for more than 2 hours. I enjoy cardio and I do it 7 days a week. I do add other strength training and weight lifting exercises on alternate days.

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