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Confessions of a former Cardio Junkie

Want to know what cardio obsession looks like?

How about this…

One time I had a late flight home from a long weekend in Vegas, and I was totally stressing out because I had been traveling all day and didn’t have any time to workout.

Even though I was totally exhausted, I felt like I HAD TO get to the gym. We landed at the airport at 9pm, headed for home, and while I was in the car I changed into workout clothes so Joe could drop me off right at the gym before it closed at 10pm.

When I got to the gym I hopped on the treadmill and ran until the gym closed. After that, since I didn’t get “enough minutes’ yet, I continued my run outside. Mind you, it was Boston winter at the time- 30 degrees and snowing.

I was so addicted to cardio that I couldn’t go a day without it, no matter what the circumstances. 

Stories like this are super embarrassing to admit, but I want to be as open as possible with you all because I would venture to guess that if you’re reading this, you’re probably experiencing something similar. I get it. I was a cardio addict for years before I came to my senses.

If I could give my old self some advice, I would tell her that daily long-duration cardio is not only unnecessary, but it’s working against your goals for fat loss and a lean physique. Oh and by the way, if you stop doing it you’re not going to get fat.

If the cardio junkie mindset resonates with you, I challenge you to take a break from cardio today and try this #StartStrong workout. It’s totally free and it’s a much better workout than an hour on the treadmill or elliptical!

Can’t tell if you’re a cardio junkie like I was?

Check yourself with these questions… If you answer yes to more than one, it may be time for some #CardioRehab:

  • Do you count minutes or calories while you are on the treadmill/elliptical, and don’t get off until you hit that threshold?
  • Do you count steps or calories on your FitBit, and get stressed if you don’t hit those magic numbers?
  • Do you cancel plans just so you can have time to workout?
  • Do you use cardio as a punishment for overeating or indulging in cravings?
  • If you eat extra calories, do you just add extra minutes on to your cardio routine to “cancel them out”?
  • Do you exercise through sickness, injuries, and exhaustion?
  • Do you know that shorter/intense workouts and strength training are better for you, but you can’t give up on long-duration cardio because you’re scared that you’ll gain weight?

If you’re sitting there reading these thinking “Oh man, that’s totally me’ to more than one of these questions, then it’s time for some #CardioRehab. I know it’s scary to change your ways, but I promise you that it’s worth it (speaking from experience here).

Think about it this way… What have you got to lose? You’re probably not getting the results that you want from your cardio routines, and you’re definitely not in a healthy mindset if you’re obsessive like I was. Take the first step towards #CardioRehab and #StartStrong today! You’re going to love it 😉

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