I pair Body Pump and Spin together in one morning (about two hours apart- I come home from the first, get my kids up and off to school, and head back for a second class) about three times a week. I hop on the treadmill while I'm waiting for class, so my total time in the gym is 2 hours, 30 minutes most times.
I make sure I'm resting, eating and feeling right. As long as I am, I don't put a time limit on things. When it's nice, I'll throw in a hike with the kids in the summer as well.
Fitness Minutes: (82,255)
3/13/13 10:39 A
I personally think it depends on what you are training for -- I am training for a half marthathon and bunch of stuff this summer so I work out with two strength training sessions, 3 running (2 short, 1 long but outside) and I swim as well.
If you just want general exercise I think 1 hour 4 to 5 times a week is fine. If you exercise mroe than 1 hour a day, you run the risk of overtraining and sending your body into preservation mode....you won't loose weight as your body thinks it is in starvation mode and keeps on the fat.
Fitness Minutes: (93,098)
25,731 3/13/13 5:39 A
Your body will tell you that as I don't think anyone else can.
You get some pain but if it really hurt then stop
Trev, Kent Southeast UK
How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed. Join the 10 minute exercising challenge and get exercising. See what you are made of by joining the 10k steps day challenge.
Fitness Minutes: (1,952)
3/13/13 2:21 A
I tend to do about 2 hours, 6 days a week, but if my body is too worn out, I hold back. Just listen to your body. You'll be able to tell the difference between pushing through and doing too much. Of course, make sure you have enough food for fuel!
I believe what you set up for yourself is fine. Zumba is cardio and Body Pump is weight lifting. You need both. Just make sure to rest in between. Go and enjoy both.
Fitness Minutes: (92,798)
3/6/13 6:19 P
1.5 to two hours is fine. I think you're overdoing it when you ignore other aspects of your day.
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9,936 3/6/13 5:31 P
There is a reason that SparkPeople stops crediting you with points for exercising anything more than 2 hours daily. Sadly, I learned that lesson on my own long ago, the hard way. I was having problems at home, so thought the gym would be a healthy way to deal with the frustration. I would spend 1-1/2 to 2 hours a day, 6-7 days a week, and I worked out at fairly high intensity the entire time.
I thought I was in the best shape I'd ever been in - and I was certainly at my lowest weight (friends were telling me I looked anorexic).
Then I herniated a disk in my low back. Knocked me back for MONTHS. I had to start fresh with stretching and SLOWLY walking around an indoor track.
I did nothing else that could have injured my back and the doctors seemed to agree that it was overtraining.
So listen to your body and make sure you get plenty of rest. Good luck!
3/6/13 5:29 P
Anyone who over trains is risking injury or burn out. If a person is new to exercise they are advised to start with 10 minutes and, over time, increase their time by 5 minutes. Most of it depends on you, how fit are you now, how hard will you workout, what are you doing in your down time, how's your nutrition?
I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.
I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!
Fitness Minutes: (68,075)
12,065 3/6/13 5:25 P
After an hour and a half.
Fitness Minutes: (8,676)
3/6/13 5:24 P
When you've been there so long you're risking injury or when things aren't working anymore. On a typical day I try to get in at least 2 hours and I'll go six days a week. I've had as much as 7 hours in a day and have been tired in as little as 15 minutes so it really depends on what your body is telling you. You'll know when enough is enough. I hope you have fun at your classes.
I can't seem to get enough of the gym. I love it, for the first time in my life. I think it's fine if you aren't setting yourself up for injury or failure from overworking yourself. Have fun and go with it!
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Fitness Minutes: (45,542)
6,812 2/18/13 12:20 P
Funny...I'm planning on trying this next Saturday!
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