The Pro’s and Con’s of Cardiovascular Exercise for Health and Fat Loss with Exercise Physiologist Dan Dodd, PhD [Podcast Episode #104]

By: Ben Brown

Is cardio good or bad?

Well, as with all things in life, the devil’s in the dose. This especially holds true when we talk about the pro’s and con’s of cardiovascular training, or if we were to be more specific; the type, frequency, duration, and intensity of the exercise will determine the individual's response.

So what should we know about how to manipulate these variables relative to our long-term health and body composition goals?

Today I bring back Dr. Dan Dodd, PhD Exercise Physiologist and owner of DexaFit in central Illinois - a testing facility specifically looking at Body Composition Analysis using DXA scans, Metabolic Assessments and Cardiovascular Testing.

In this illuminating conversation, we discuss the numerous applications of cardiovascular training, depending on the individual and their goals, including:

> The relationship between cardiovascular exercise for health and for fat loss -- is there a difference?

> Different types of cardio based on intensity

> Ways to create calorie deficit with nutrition vs. training volume AND metabolic adaptations​

> Downsides of too much cardio​

> Health benefits of cardiovascular exercise

> Stigmas of cardio based on sex

> How to measure​ aerobic fitness/cardiovascular function

If you’ve been wondering how to determine the right type and volume of cardiovascular exercise for you, then you’re going to want to tune in to this episode.

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