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Unless I have a race I'm training for, I definitely work towards intensity. Shorter, intense workouts (in my experience) still help me do long hikes (6-10 miles) while just working out for a specific length of time doesn't really help me when I want to do something more intense heart rate-wise.
I think they're both important, but agree that your objectives should guide your goals. Personally, I go for intensity AND duration, although if it's a shorter day, I make sure to amp up the intensity a lot.
But generally speaking, when starting out, you should work on increasing your duration. Once you get to the point where you can comfortably work out for 30-40 minutes, you are better off adding more intensity, rather than more time.
Also, strength training should be part of any exercise program. Once you get to woking out 30 minutes 3 times per week, your next step should be adding ST to your program, rather than more cardio.
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