Visit 1 Rep Max Clothing - Heavy duty, high quality and stylish gym wear for the hard training athlete. Clothing designed with bodybuilders and weightlifters in mind!

Cardio Question...

Author
Hinny La
New Member
  • Total Posts : 38
  • Reward points: 876
  • Joined: 2007/06/06 11:09:21
  • Status: offline
2007/06/07 12:34:44 (permalink)

Cardio Question...

Hello all, I am a newbie here, so bear with me please!

I've got a quick question about cardio. Now, from browsing the forums, the general consensus is that the best time to do cardio is in the morning. My problem is that I just cannot get up any earlier then I do already!

I work in London, but live in Hazlemere in Buckinghamshire. I have to get the bus into Beaconsfield (to get the train to London) and there's only one bus every hour. I normally get up at 0700, leave the house and catch the 0800 bus and arrive at work at 0930 or so. I normally go to bed between 2200 and 2300, but it always takes me around 45 mins to an hour to switch off and fall asleep.

Every day this week I've tried setting the alarm for 0600 instead of 0700 to go out and do a 45 min walk or something, but when the alarm goes off I am utterly knackered and I've just turned it off and gone back to sleep.

This is only my second full week of training, but I want to do the cardio to help shed some of the excess bodyfat I have. I am 33 years old, 5' 11" and weigh 14 Stones.

Any advice will be gratefully received.

I accept the only answer may be to drag myself out of bed, but I am not a morning person at all and it's going to be a real struggle
post edited by Hinny La - 2007/06/07 12:35:21
#1

10 Replies Related Threads

    1 Rep Max Designer bodybuilding clothing - built to last. Try our popular Hoodie... The 'Utili-Hood' or our hard wearing Training Vests
    jessejames
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1615
    • Reward points: 8927
    • Joined: 2006/08/13 22:14:46
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 12:37:26 (permalink)
    if you had to start work at 8.30, you'd get out of bed...
    #2
    noname
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 12530
    • Reward points: 3230
    • Joined: 2006/10/14 21:27:19
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 12:48:04 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Hinny La

    My problem is that I just cannot get up any earlier then I do already!


    That should read... "My problem is that I just don't want to get up any earlier then I do already!

    That is the hard truth i'm afraid.


    I used to be the same, i would go to bed with good intentions of getting up early, but when the morning comes and you're laying there half asleep you just think 'sod it' and stay in bed.

    ...you need to apply some will power!


    The thread in this link may be of some help: www.muscletalk.co.uk/fb.asp?m=1895603
    #3
    Hinny La
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 38
    • Reward points: 876
    • Joined: 2007/06/06 11:09:21
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 13:02:58 (permalink)
    Yes, point made. In truth I suspected I was being mentally weak, but it's nice to have that confirmed.

    Thanks lads
    #4
    jessejames
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1615
    • Reward points: 8927
    • Joined: 2006/08/13 22:14:46
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 13:09:35 (permalink)
    i go through phases of it too, but i know from experience that they pass.

    of all the suggestions in other thread, the one i think would be best to kick start you would be to go to bed an hour earlier, at least until you get into a routine of getting up for cardio.

    and start with two or three days a week, then build up as you get used to it if you can.
    #5
    Hinny La
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 38
    • Reward points: 876
    • Joined: 2007/06/06 11:09:21
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 13:34:22 (permalink)
    I haven't got a heart rate monitor and my 65% zone is 122 BPM. How can I gauge what walking speed that is?
    #6
    cliff_vtr
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 12062
    • Reward points: 8622
    • Joined: 2004/04/29 18:15:01
    • Location: Nr Bournemouth
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 13:44:44 (permalink)
    just do cardio in the evening, it will still give good results.

    I personally find training and cardio are best done in the evening because I am far more focused.

    You have to get a balance, if you dont like getting up early, dont, fit cardio in elsewhere.

    Paul

    67.4K BW
    170K Squat
    110K Bench
    225K Deadlift

    My Journal
    #7
    Hinny La
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 38
    • Reward points: 876
    • Joined: 2007/06/06 11:09:21
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 15:53:30 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: cliff_vtr

    just do cardio in the evening, it will still give good results.

    I personally find training and cardio are best done in the evening because I am far more focused.

    You have to get a balance, if you dont like getting up early, dont, fit cardio in elsewhere.

    Paul


    If I did cardio in the evening, it'd be after weights. Isn't that when I should be drinking protein and eating?

    Besides, my Mrs is already making sarcastic comments about the amount of time I am at the gym. She was moaning last night as I walked out the door, and I heard her say to her son "Oh well, it's just you and me kiddo!"

    Women are a PITA! She was moaning because I'd let myself go and got too fat, now I've dropped half a stone from just cardio and started weight training in the last few weeks to better my body she's still bloody moaning!

    You just can't win
    #8
    Hinny La
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 38
    • Reward points: 876
    • Joined: 2007/06/06 11:09:21
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 15:55:17 (permalink)
    One thing I forgot to ask, is there a limit as to how much time you should do cardio for? For example, 45 mins appears to be the standard, but would that fat burning process carry on beyond 45 mins if I kept my HR constant? To an hour say, or more?

    I am just wondering if 45 mins is the optimum and after that you get diminishing returns or what.

    TIA.
    #9
    noname
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 12530
    • Reward points: 3230
    • Joined: 2006/10/14 21:27:19
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 16:04:53 (permalink)
    I believe the idea of staying around the 45 minute mark is to limit the risk of going catabolic, especially if you are doing cardio on empty.

    Personally i still think a bit of trial and error should employed. I was doing 60 minute sessions 5 or 6 times a week last year with good effect.
    #10
    Hinny La
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 38
    • Reward points: 876
    • Joined: 2007/06/06 11:09:21
    • Status: offline
    RE: Cardio Question... 2007/06/07 16:16:21 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: noname

    I believe the idea of staying around the 45 minute mark is to limit the risk of going catabolic, especially if you are doing cardio on empty.

    Personally i still think a bit of trial and error should employed. I was doing 60 minute sessions 5 or 6 times a week last year with good effect.


    Thank you noname.

    I am approaching this from the point of "I know nothing, I will keep my mouth shut and do as advised from those who do know!", so 45 minutes will suffice for now. The real battle with myself will be in dragging myself out of bed in the first place
    #11
    Jump to:
    ©2017 All content is copyright of MuscleTalk.co.uk and its use elsewhere is prohibited. (posting guidelines | privacy | advertise | contact us | supported by)
    © 2017 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.5