My first thought is that seems a lot of time assigned to exercise.For a 5 workout a week schedule that works out to be 48 minutes a session and for a 6 day a week schedule, which allows only one rest day it is 40 minutes. The American Heart Association recommendation is 150 minutes a week. Time or the duration of an workout is not the key to progress , exercise intensity is the key. You can make excellent progress with 3 thirty minute workouts a week if the quality and intensity of the workout are adequate.
Here is a link to a recent study which is relevant.
Spreading it through the week could also make it part of your life more than if you see it as something that can be crammed in. Also, the fatigue is bad. Yesterday I went hiking for over 3 hours (a one off kind of thing). Today I am so tired and sore I can barely move AND I was starving yesterday so I had to go over my calories.
12/19/12 3:55 P
Thank you so much mplane! Makes a lot of sense! And thank you again for taking the time to give me sound detailed answers!
Happy Holidays Jeannie
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12/19/12 3:40 P
A uniformly spread out exercise minutes would be better for fat loss than condensed long workouts for several reasons. If you do long workouts one or two days a week, - you create a large caloric deficiency which will make it very hard not overeating the day of the exercise, - it will make you fatigued, and will adversely affect your daily life after exercise, - it will make it harder for you to stick to the exercise program because of the initially steep fitness curve, - the risk of injury will be elevated because towards the end of the long session you will be too tired, - also in the last half your workout you will pay much less attention to the form of your workout, which will prevent you from getting the full benefit from the workout.
There is one advantage to working out in only one or two long sessions though: This kind of program is more practical, you don't have to waste a lot of time back and forth between your home and the gym.
12/19/12 2:09 P
My question is this if the exercise tracker suggests I get 240 minutes of exercise per week, Is it more beneficial to spread that time over a four day period or would I get the same benefit if I went to the gym two days and cranked out two 2 hour workouts?
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