Fitness Minutes: (16,557)
6/15/13 6:29 A
it depends on what your goal is. if for general health yes, it you are looking to loose weight then maybe you need more, but it depends on your body type and where you are physically. If possible meet with a trainer to get their suggestion.
I agree with Dragonchilde - it broadly sounds like you are getting enough exercise for general health purposes, and reasonably well balanced between ST and cardio.
But exercise isn't just about how long, it is also about quality.
For strength training, it is possible to use challenging compound exercises (that work several different muscles simultaneously) to get a very effective workout in just 20-30 minutes. Or you can throw light weights around with isolation exercises for an hour and not achieve very much.
Equally with cardio, you will get far more benefits (both in terms of heart health and fitness, and in calories burned) through more intense cardio that gets your heart rate higher. Walking is a fairly moderate exercise, although it's pretty good for people who are just starting to exercise. But as you continue to exercise regularly, you probably should seek another form of exercise that gets your heart rate higher. I've never done a Leslie Sansom video, so I can't really judge how intense it is, but the "Advanced" sounds good.
Also, in terms of 'enough' exercise to lose weight. For most people, weight loss is 80% nutrition, and just 20% exercise. There are 3500 calories to a pound of fat. If you are burning 600-700 calories per week through exercise, that contribution is small, but useful. If you looking to burn more fat through exercise, you probably need to add to your cardio - either through quality or quantity, or both.
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Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,689 6/14/13 7:16 P
Enough for what?
How much cardio you get depends on your goals. For weight loss, what matters is your diet; you adjust it to the amount of exercise you do, not the other way around. For athletic event training, you may need more or less. For heart health, at least an hour 3 times a week is recommended.
It sounds like you have a balanced program, provided you're getting adequate full-body strength training with challenging weights. Yoga's good, but on the lighter end of the cardio scale. It's absolutely okay, though.
More important: How do you feel? How's your progress so far?
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