I do a full body workout for my body building and am only at the gym most weeks 2 times.. I have gotten great results. 2-3 times are week is fine, it is consistency of doing it these chosen times that make it count.. I have lost all my access weight, but just hitting the gym twice but good still has my body measurements changing regularly. My waist keeps getting trimmer 7 cms in all since I just started bodybuilding and have put cms on my arms and lost cms of my bust, hips and thighs without effecting my weight..
I think you will def see results with 3 day a week cardio workouts. You won't see them as fast as you would 5 days a week, but you will see results. Also, you are probably doing a lot more at home with the children than you think. Use the Fitness Tracker to see what soccer, cleaning, and normal daily tasks are, I think you'll be amazed at how many calories you're burning daily!
3 days is definitely enough. It's more difficult to lose when you don't have a whole lot of time for cardio, but just aim to lose over a longer period of time..
2/18/09 7:32 P
There's no easy answer to that one. Factors include your intensity during those three workouts and your physical condition. Any fitness time is better than none and, as your fitness level improves, you will have to continue to increase your intensity and/or increase the number of days you work out.
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376 2/18/09 5:41 P
I lost weight working out only 3 days a week in the beginning but I found I had to increase my workouts when I hit a plateau. I think it depends on how hard you work out. And I do all my working out at home with DVD's.
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2/18/09 4:21 P
I think that combined with the right diet 3 days a week is just find. I'm only doing 3 days a week myself and have dropped 18 lbs so I think you willbe fine.
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2/18/09 3:58 P
If you're just starting an exercise program. Three days a week is a great place to start. If you feel really tired because you have to take care of your family, go to work and exercise, then just do the best you can. Meaning, if you can only do two days one week, that's what you do.
Don't try to do too much too soon. You need to find a program that fits your schedule. So, you'll probably be changing things as time goes on.
Now, how much exercise you do really depends on what your goals are. There is no right or wrong way to exercise. Any activity (such as cleaning the house) will help you burn calories.
Weight loss is all about calories in versus calories out.
So, if you are eating right and getting some regular exercise you will see results. It may take some time, so you need to be patient.
One thing I highly recommend is taking your measurements. You may find that inches fall off a lot sooner than the scale budges. So, don't feel discouraged if that happens. Inches lost is a good indicator that your program is making a difference.
Weight loss takes time.
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1,566 2/18/09 3:48 P
Yeah I think you can see result too. Depending on your intensity and time would just determine how quickly the results will be noticed. At least you are concerned about your sleep deprivation which is very important, and well as hubby time :D
Oh, I definitely beleive you can see results in only 3 days a week, but what matters is time... I read an article that to lose weight you have to get at least 3 hours of cardio a week. You may still lose if you dont reach that, but you wont lose your potential amount. Try to fit in one of the spark workout videos on your off day. Just 10 minutes makes all the difference. I am a stay at home mom too, and I know it is hard but if you really want to you can do it.
2/18/09 2:15 P
I started off going Mon-Fri and working out at home on Saturdays. I was so miserably tired! My only time to work out is 6:30am-7:30am. I was falling asleep as soon as the kids went to bed, which meant no time w/ the hubby. So, this week I started M, W & F. I did add another 10min to my routine too. I'm already feeling much better! I do miss the weight training I was doing and may try to get some weights so that I can do them at home during nap time - I'm a stay at home mom. So, my question is - Can I really see any results just 3 days a week? Thanks! Tabby
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