Progress Report: Two Weeks of Cardio

Progress Report: Two Weeks of Cardio

As I reported last week, I’ve been doing an hour of cardio a day for 14 days to see if it is a simple formula for increased hotness. I’m not sure if it is yet, because it certainly has been a formula for increased eating, but there have been these benefits:

  • It’s a great ritual to start the day when I get up, because it’s a simple directive: put on gym clothes and drive to the gym before doing anything else.
  • Because I have nowhere to go while doing the cardio, there are no distractions so I can think about the activities of the day.
  • It’s not boring because I’ve figured out how to fill the time. I’m using an elliptical machine exclusively, and its smoothness allows me to use an iPad.
  • The intensity and duration have increased my cardiovascular fitness by at least 30 percent over 14 days, so I feel physically good.

On the downside, I have lost no weight and am still at 200 pounds, which is up 20 pounds from my low of 180 before heading to Taiwan last April.

I do feel a little thinner, but not appreciably so. I haven’t measured my waist yet and I don’t think I will for another two weeks.

I’m planning on continuing to do this, because the start of day benefits are worthwhile! Fat loss will be an inevitable side effects.

I’ll check-in again in mid-July to report if there’s been any change!