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SP_COACH_NANCY
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2/3/13 9:36 P

Vic,

It depends on your goals. For endurance, that comes down to time exercise--you can run a half marathon doing just short runs--you do have to train your body to do longer runs at least every 7-10 days. However, when it comes to fitness, lots can be done with high intensity interval training with just 10-15 minutes--say sprinting for 30 seconds with a 1-2 minute recovery for the 10-15 minutes of time--but these should not be done more than 2-3 times per week.

Coach Nancy



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2/3/13 9:26 P

Thanks Coach Nancy. Does this hold true for improving my fitness and endurance levels also?



SP_COACH_NANCY
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2/3/13 7:22 P

Hi Vic,

The benefits of exercise are cumulative and study after study has proved that short bouts of exercise interspersed throughout the day can be just as beneficial to one's weight loss goal as one longer session. As I always say, something always trumps nothing.

Good job!

Coach Nancy



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2/3/13 7:19 P

I have an interval setting on my treadmill that allows me to vary my speed and, therefore, my heartrate. It is a thirty minute workout which I think is a realistic time for me considering it is not the only form of exercise I do. For instance I also took my dog for a 45 minute walk today and I also do strength training every other day. So, my question is this. Today, being not unlike many days, I had lots of places to run my kids and things to do. I decided to start my 30 minute interval run and only completed half when I had some time and then did the other half later. Is there as much benefit to a workout when it is broken up like this or is it better if it is continuous?



 
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