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slydeflex
05-25-2004, 02:20 PM
Hi, what would be the ideal type of cardio for someone looking to lose weight and is over 40? I have tried sprinting intervals, however, it seems to place too much stress on my knees. Is working on the treadmill using 5 degree incline to 15 degree incline, alternating every minute a good way to do cardio say for 30-45 minutes?

Paul Stagg
05-25-2004, 02:23 PM
If it hurts, don't do it.

You can do intervals on a bike, on an elliptical, etc.

If you have any heart issues or risk factors, I'd visit a doc before going crazy with it.

volcamp
05-25-2004, 03:50 PM
I'm 46. Lost 32 pounds last year. The only real cardio I do is exercise bike. Easy on the knees. It's in the house. I can do it any time regardless of weather, whatever. In combination with diet and weight training, you are on the right track.

Canadian Crippler
05-25-2004, 10:17 PM
I was reading an article the other day, directed at middle-aged folk who were looking to get in good shape (as in they are out of shape to begin with). It went like this:

Week 1&2 - Jog 2 mins, walk 6 mins. Do this for 32 mins.
Week 3&4 - Jog 3 mins, walk 5 mins. Do this for 32 mins.
Week 5&6 - Jog 4 mins, walk 4 mins. Do this for 32 mins
Week 7&8 - Jog 5 mins, walk 3 mins. Do this for 32 mins
Week 9&10 - Jog 6 mins, walk 2 mins. Do this for 32 mins
Week 11&12 - Jog 7 mins, walk 1 min. Do this for 32 mins
Week 13&14 - Jog 8 mins, walk 1 min. Do this for approx. 32 mins
Week 15&16 - Jog 10 mins, walk 1 min. Do this for approx. 32 mins

2-3 times a week, whichever one you are comfortable with.

It kept going on, until week 24, where it was something like "Jog 16 mins, walk 1 min". The reason I had read this, was because I was late for gym class and I had to do this as an assignment. It is from some local Canadian Fitness magazine.

Paul Stagg
05-26-2004, 07:39 AM
*IF* you can run, I like the progressive running in KTP.