Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
How much cardio do i do? Do i enjoy it?
Recently i have been asked about how much cardio i do and whether i enjoy it or just do it because of my CF.
And i thought that now, after being out for an unexpectedly long and therapeutic walk, it would be a good time to answer. And all honesty, i will always be a cardio bunny. I love cardio and always will, though what type of cardio i enjoy varies and also how much i do. I used to run and play basketball when i was younger and because of my CF i do have to exercise each day (and even recommended twice a day and doing sports such as running and swimming). Strength training is still quite a new thing, though ive been doing it almost 3 years, but i would say that i am 50/50 regarding which i love most, strength training or cardio, i love both equally. But i am still the type of person who prefers to do super sets and tri sets rather than just doing one exercise and then resting a minute. I am also the type of person to do burpees inbetween exercises and prefer to do airsquats rather than 60kg squats.
You all know by now, i guess that i love running and that will always be something i love, though how often i do it all depends on different things. Sometimes i run 4-5 times a week and other times it goes weeks or months before i run. Sometimes i run between 7-21km several times a week and other times i just do 15 minutes of HIIT 2-3 times a week for a few weeks and other times i do powerwalks several times a week. It all depends on what i feel like doing, recently it has been more powerwalking and also using the stairclimber. The past few months i have found a passion for the stair climber... to just put my kindle infront of the screen and then stand there and "climb" while reading and the time just flies by, so this is a form of cardio i like doing alot though it definitely isnt as intense as HIIT or running. Though once again, how much cardio i do depends... sometimes i do an hour cardio everyday and sometimes it goes 2 weeks and the only cardio i do is walking to the gym. But i guess in a way i do cardio almost everyday as i usually walk to the gym as it is so close and also my warm up... and yes, i count that into my exercise... so if i walk 20 minutes to the gym and then do 50 minutes strength training, then it was a 70 minute workout.
I love doing cardio and love doing strength training and it can be hard to balance the two sometimes as i want to do both at once but instead i prefer to split it up such as either going for a long walk/run or going to the gym... not doing both in the same day, or dedicating an hour at the gym for cardio instead of doing strength training... but i have found now that doing roughly 45 minutes strength training and ending with the stair master is a good way for me to do both.
I think cardio is great but remember that cardio isnt just running... there are so many different forms of cardio. And cardio is good for your body and it is NOT just for weightloss, but can actually be fun. However so many people associate cardio as a form of weightloss and so it as a chore, rather than an enjoyment... so whenever i do do cardio i enjoy it that is why i do it. If i dont enjoy it or dont feel like doing it, then i wont. Just like with walking places... if i dont feel like walking then i wont, it is not a must, but if you enjoy it, then do it.
Something which i dislike is all the hate which people get for enjoying cardio... i feel its unnecessary and let people enjoy what they do. However it is also important to find that balance, too much of anything isn't good, so sometimes even if you enjoy things you need to reign it back a little just to not overdo yourself. Its important to enjoy what you are doing, so if you dont enjoy cardio dont force yourself to do it.