JESTER, 90 is an overstatement of real needs, but yes, we mean "really solid exercise", not just general light moving about.
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I love the phrase "Work smarter not longer"....It simplifies it all. :-)
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For the 90 minutes thing, I always interpreted the recommended 90 minutes of physical activity differently than 90 minutes of exercise. Physical activity being things like light cleaning or grocery shopping, just general moving about. The stuff I wouldn't track as exercise. Are you all talking about 90 minutes of actual exercise where your hr is raised?
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The 90 Minutes a day thing isn't really accurate, though; while you can definitely get a workout that counts in 90 minutes, the time spent is less important than intensity. I can burn more in 30 minutes of high intensity interval training than I can in 60 minutes on the treadmill!
You can work out 90 minutes if you want to, but you don't need to in order to lose weight, because losing weight is about the calories you eat... not the calories you burn.
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Wow. Thank you for the update. While in college, I was very active. Unfortunately, though, grad school took a huge toll on my fitness. I'm glad to see that I should work up to 90 minutes a day of physical activity. Thanks for sharing your fitness knowledge. I'm sending positive vibes your way into reaching your weight loss goal!
You dont necessarily have to run, but you could try walking faster, in bursts (intervals). I have heard it said that you need 90 minutes a day if you are trying to LOSE weight. But I have also heard that if you do intervals maybe you dont need to do as much.
We do become more efficient at what we do regularly, and if walking were your only cardio exercise all the time it would rapidly begin to be of less value to you.
Healthy adults should be doing 30-60 minutes of exercise a day, so this fits in fine. But you should include at least 1-2 other sessions per week where you get "huffy puffy" by challenging yourself to hit your extremes. As well as your strength training.
And seriously - eat more. There's no way that's enough if you only have a few pounds to lose.
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Walking is a fundamental exercise. We all are and should be good walkers. Fast walking will improve your cardiovascular fitness. It is also extremely effective in improving the mood, breaking free of one-sided point of views, and burning away the excess fat.
However, there is so much that it can help in improving your cardiovascular fitness. You can obviously do more by running. I do four types of cardio exercises: (1) fast walking (2) running (3) mountain biking and (4) elliptical in any given week. I go on running twice a week, and walk fast,go on mountain biking and elliptical exercise once a week. Once you can walk fast, there is little effort left to being able to run.
I just started a new job a little further away from where I live. It takes me about 30 minutes to walk there (and 30 minutes back) -- I'm a speedy walker though; my pace is around 3.5 mph. I calculated that round trip, I'm covering 4 miles every time I work (usually 5 days per week). I'm also on my feet for 8 hours every shift.
Although I wouldn't mind losing a few more pounds, I'm more wondering whether the above is enough simply for health reasons -- to keep me fit and healthy. I usually keep my food intake to 1200-1300 calories per day (I'm only 5'3) and am trying to remember to strength train a few times a week.
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