I don't think that there is any one amount of exercise that is universally 'too much;.
But personally, I tend to think that once you can work out comfortably for 30-40 minutes, you are better off adding more intensity to your workouts, rather than more time.
Also, an exercise program that include BOTH strength training and cardio is more effective than one that includes cardio alone. You are probably better off cutting 30 minutes off your cardio workout, and using this time to strength train (if you are not already).
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Sometimes I go for long walks and hell if I get to the 90 minute mark without realising it as I am darn fit. I don't stop and say hell 90 minutes is up.. If I stop I am out in the middle of nowhere, I have to keep going to make it home..
Thats the great thing about moving outside, there are no neat excuses for stopping- not time limits walk outside like on gym cardio machines.. Sometimes the professionals will agree returning home is a good thing no matter how long it takes..
It depends on what you're doing. Running, for example: if you're trying to burn a certain number of calories or are going a certain distance and run for 90 minutes, maybe you should try running faster as that will burn more calories faster and it's a change of pace for your workout.
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I think it really depends on what someone describes as "a workout", how healthy and fit they are and why they are doing it. I agree that for most people there are no fitness or fat loss reasons to believe more is better. But I also think the human body (if there are not health issues) is capable of enjoying quite a lot of mild to moderate activity and what some call a workout is basically mild to moderate activity. And I also agree no one needs to spend this time to get or stay fit as that can be done very effectively with shorter workouts. So it just depends... Sergentmajor raises some good points about how athletes often spend their training time. From what the original poster wrote, I've not noticed anything that said she/he was doing 90 minutes continuous steady state or even how this time would be spent.
I use to know a girl in college who wanted to lose weight so she spent 90 minutes a day "doing cardio". Well, her cardio was slowly peddling on a recumbent bike while she read. If this is what the OP meant, well, there are better more effective ways to spend valuable time. My friend did not see the results she wanted during the time I knew her. When I went to the gym I did see people doing this so that is one of my first thoughts when this topic comes up.
On the other hand, I have a couple active hobbies. The other summer I had time to spend quite a bit of time enjoying both of them and I also wanted to maintain my fitness routine. So I was swimming 4-5 days a week, walking to and from the pool (2 miles each way so 4 mles of walking), taking a few dance classes and practicing on the days without class, doing some yoga and stretching, keeping up on my strength training, starting couch-to-5k, going on weekend hikes, etc. So I was doing some sort of exercise/activity 2-3 hours a day most days. That was a little too much for me, but I was fine after I dropped couch-to-5k. A lot of the advice I saw said not to do this at all. I think it did slightly stall my fat loss, I lost some fat/weight/inches and my endurance improved, but it was a little tricky to get the right balance of food with that activity level. For pure fitness or fat loss, less would have been better. But if someone just likes that activity level, there are ways it can be done in a healthy way.
Others might have similar if they have a standard fitness program and an active hobby that isn't quite enough for their fitness needs like a sports league or something. If someone does a strength workout in the morning than plays league soccer in the evening, well they will be active more than 90 minutes and it is probably fine if their health and current fitness allow it. I don't think we need rules about upper limits of time spent exercising as that kind of depends on the situation. I'm only really concerned if it sounds like someone is trying to "biggest loser" their way to fat loss as often their fitness level is not up to it and it really isn't the most effective way to meet their goal.
In my experience athletes at that level understand that the training effect occurs during recovery so they build those into training sessions, I said continuously I did not say limited to ninety minutes. I have DVDs of Chris Carmichael's training session (he was/is Lance Armstrong's coach) and while they are longer in duration there are built in recovery phases.
Having played both college and semi professional football and soccer I have done longer training session but they were not continuous. The point I was trying to make was that substituting duration of intensity was not productive.
First, be advised that even Olympic class and professional athletes do not work out continuously for 90 minutes at a time. Even the ninety minutes of a soccer game are not continuous. The key to a successful fitness programme is quality not quantity., Exchange intensity for duration and you can have a successful programme doing three thirty minute workouts a week. Take a look at Turbulence Training transformation photos for examples www.turbulencetraining.com .
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Quality is more important than quantity. Unless you are training for an endurance event such as a 10k race or triathlon, 90 minutes a day is overkill at best. If you are exercising at an appropriate intensity (i.e. a very difficult intensity), even someone who is very fit should not need more than 1 hour per day.
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1,471 9/26/11 2:32 P
I am not sure there is a one-size-fits-all answer to whether it is too much. It depends on your fitness level and also the intensity of these workouts. (some people count gentle activity like golfing, yoga, moderate walking, leisure sports, etc. as a workout and they can probably be quite all right with 90 minutes a day).
The real question is why? If you are training for an event or just love certain activities so much you want to spend the time doing them, sure! You just need to make sure you take time for recovery, eat properly (enough), and that some of these sessions are milder in intensity. If you think you need 90 minutes for weight loss. Well no, sometimes longer workouts can stall weight loss. You might actually do better with shorter, well planned workouts including both strength training and some cardio.
It depends on your current goals and fitness level.
It's more than necessary, at least. Nobody "needs" to do 90 min/day 5-6 days a week unless they're an athlete in training for a specific event.
For general health and fitness, 40-60 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week, is fine.
So you can come down from that amount if you want to. What you want to do instead is maximise your time. Instead of spending 45 minutes doing a steady pace on a treadmill, do intervals. Look up HIIT training and do that for 20 minutes once a week. Get some variety and challenge into your workouts.
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If it's a combination of cardio and strength training, for me I'd say yes. I couldn't just do cardio for 90minutes though..unless I'm hiking or something. I prefer strength training..
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I don't think I could have done that many workouts in a week and for that long when I returned to regular exercise.
I could do it now and there are times where I do things like this for a week at a time because it may be a week where I'm focused on me and myself. I'd be getting massages and shopping etc as well.
I think it all depends on your health issues if you have any. Now for me some days 90 minutes would be fine but on days where my arthritis in my knees cause me pain like today. well.......I did 90 minutes of walking and now my knees hurts. So I feel it depends on your health issue, if you are just starting out with exersice or how out of shape you are.
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There is no right or wrong answer. It really depends are where you are in your healthy living journey. If you are returning or new to exercise, this may be too much. If you have been working out for a while, this may be fine. HOWEVER, remember recovery is just as important to your healthy living journey as the exercise itself, since your body adapts to the activity during your recovery time, do not underestimate the need for time off from formal exercise. Being active in your daily life is not the same as formal activity.
Because we are all so different, the time we can spend exercising and the recovering time period will vary.
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