Hey, I was wondering if there is anything wrong with going for a walk after weight lifting?
I ask because I always hear to do cardio type stuff after weight training and I like to walk my dong in the park just about every evening about 2.5 miles in 35-40 minutes.
I was just wondering how this could effect muscle development, since I've heard that cardio can eat your muscles (catabolism). I try to do cardio on different days than weights, or at least cardio in the morning and lift in the evening like today. I don't know if a simple brisk walk really counts much as cardio, though. I'm doing legs this afternoon, then eating, then walking the dog.
Also, am I actually burning fat doing this since I generally take the walk after my post-wo meal. I've heard that you're just burning off what you ate, and not the fat. But would that help to stave off catabolism, then? So at least my dog is getting a work out even if I'm not really burning fat, at least I'm not burning muscle.
New to all of this and curious. Thanks.
Last edited by RebelDogg; 05-29-2010 at 07:37 PM.
Walking your dog is fine. It won't have any huge impact on your size and strength development provided you are eating enough.
Going for a walk after weight training will really just serve as a cool down than anything.
If you are training hard, you are gonna have some sort of elevated heart rate when you finish. I would imagine going on a walk would actually help normalize your heart rate as opposed to raise it. I personally do a lot of walking when I finish from the gym (whether it is walking around my house, to my car, etc) you will be doing some sort of walking anyway.
Running, on the other hand, will
Hey, thanks for the responses. I didn't think the walks were a big deal, but I was just unsure. The word "catabolism" scares me. I haven't built up enough yet to be losing anything that I don't have to.
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If you do any sort of walking (anything more than three steps) after you finish weight training, all your gains will be nullified and you might even lose muscle on top of that.
You should be fine. I do cardio 6x a week (in short sessions) and have been gaining muscle at a consistent rate. Eat more if you are concerned.
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Originally Posted by fatrb38
i usually walk my dog before my weight training, what effect would this have, i tought it would have just warmed me up for my session.
But I'm also a 300lbs dude living in southern Louisiana in the summertime, so a 2.5 mile fast walk/light jog leaves me pretty sweaty and ready for a shower whereas someone else may just feel warmed up from it. I'm not tired from it, exactly, but I wouldn't have as much energy afterwards as I would beforehand. I like to just do pushups and crunches or get on my elliptical for 5 minutes to warm up.
I think in the end you should go with how you feel after your walk. If you think it zaps any of your energy, I'd probably do lifting first. I mean, us fat guys get sloppy after a few miles but some of these little guys can walk for days and not break a sweat. So I guess it also depends on how far and fast you go and your fitness level.
I walk as fast as I can without running and am now down to 35ish minutes for 2.5 miles, which started at nearly an hour for the same distance. Once I get down to 30 minutes, I'm going to add 2 miles to my walks (once more around the park) Definitely not something I want before I lift.
You can take my advice because I'm a professional. Not a professional athlete or anything... just a general professional. I have a shirt from the 80's and everything... come to think of it... never mind. Don't listen to me. Can someone here help this dude, please?
Last edited by RebelDogg; 06-05-2010 at 09:21 AM.
People worry far too much about stuff like this - get out and half a walk, it wo';t do you ANY harm at all. In fact, you'll be healthier for it
Sure, if you are built like an etheopian and find it incredibly hard to gain an oz of weight, it is true that you should keep this stuff to a minumum, but in general it won't make ANY difference to your gains and hey your dog deserves a walk lol
If your primary goal is to gain weight and you need to gain a lot of it, just keep calories a little higher on the days you move about quite a bit!
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