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BZYBEADER SparkPoints: (16,546)
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7/17/12 1:18 P

That's about what I do. Instead of adding to the 30 mins, as I don't always have time around 4 kids, a biz and a f/t job, I add to the intensity so no two days are the same. Keeps boredom at bay more easily and keeps my body guessing.

BUFFEDSTUFF-- Posts: 2,520
7/17/12 1:15 P

Hey, it is all about you, if you can get the results that you want in only 30 minutes a day then it is a great plan. If not then you have to come up with a plan that will give you the results that you desire.

It is all about making your goals a reality. Good luck emoticon

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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7/17/12 11:28 A

It's NOT that you DON'T get any benefits from workouts over 30 mins. It's that the law of diminishing returns kicks in there. You get the most benefits out of the first 30-45 mins of high intensity cardio and ST. After that, you get less and less because your body can only serve up so much fat at a time to support the burn. There are other minerals and such that also play into this, but I think you get the gist of it. The less intense of a workout you do, the more time you can spend if that's what you want. It's just that your body is only going to give up so much energy and the most of it comes at the beginning of high intensity workouts. Keep the faith.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
7/17/12 8:30 A

It really depends on what exercise and intensity you're doing and what your goals are.

CAOUTCHOUC SparkPoints: (9,107)
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7/16/12 6:36 P

Why won't you get any benefits past 45 minutes? That doesn't make any sense to me :
I generally do more than 30 minutes/day, mostly because I can't do anything super high intensity (chronic pain).

Like everything, do what works for you.

7/16/12 5:07 P

At most you shouldnt do any more than 45 mins you wont benefit from doing more than than that. Try doing intervals of speed or intensity .

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,421
7/15/12 9:33 P

The general recommendation is that you get significant health benefits from 30 minutes of cardio, at least 3 times per week. And honestly, once you get to being able to do 30-40 minutes of cardio comfortably, you are probably better off adding more intensity, rather than more time.

And any good exercise program should include BOTH strength training and cardio - and a workout using compound exercises will take around 20-30 minutes to work most of the major muscle groups.

There is no one 'best' way to schedule exercise, and for both cardio and ST, it is quality rather than quantity that matters, but what you've got there does sound like it is entirely consistent with the principles of a good workout program.


Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 7/16/2012 (20:40)
7/15/12 9:07 P

I do know have any idea how often this needs to be said on these boards before people will accept the reality of the formula for fat loss. That formula, proved by research multiple times, is in ranked order nutrition (diet) 80+ %, strengthe trraing is next and cardio is in last place. When yuou do only cardio workouts you are burning muscle as well as fat and by decreasing your muscle you are lowering your basal meatobolic rate decreasing the number of caolies you can consume and maintain the same percentage of body fat.

Unless you are training for and endurance event of 90 minutes or longer there is no other benefit for workouts of that duration. More is just more, better is better so it is matter of quality over quantity with quality the hands down winner. If you want to be lean and muscular and look good, not jiggle when you walk be strong and capable follow the reaserach determnined formula. Go hard, go heavy and go home, have a life away from the workout room.

SBNORMAL Posts: 880
7/15/12 8:14 P

The winner is cardio and healthy nutrition. I am exercising for 90 min -3/4 days a week, water aerobics, but my stamina for land activity.

7/15/12 8:08 P

Exercise of any form does not cause you to lose weight irrespective of duration or intensity, it assists by increasing your daily activity level. Strength training increases your resting metqabolism and cardio increases your cardiorespiratory capability both making you healthier.
Nutrition (diet) is what takes the fat off.

The advantage of a more intense 30 minute workout is that it means you have to spend les time dedicated to an exercise programme allowing you to have more time to have a life.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (203,817)
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7/15/12 4:11 P

I'm not an expert by any means, but I believe that if you consistently work-out for 30 minutes a day, and increase the number of reps, or the weights you are using, or walk faster in the same time... whatever you have to do to increase the challenge, you should be in good shape.

BREQUIE Posts: 90
7/15/12 3:25 P

Personally I need to work out for 40 minutes or more to lose weight, It seems that 30 minutes maintains me at my weight, but everyone is different.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
7/14/12 9:56 P

30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is fine. Some people do more, but that is personal preference. When doing cardio, make sure you aren't just coasting along; Up the intensity by adding in hills/incline and resistance. Intervals are good, too.

LATANGELA03 SparkPoints: (10,148)
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7/14/12 8:55 P

yes i burn around 320 calories on the elliptical in 30 min

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,109)
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7/14/12 8:17 P

I aim for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week. Usually, I do a little more than that ... either exercising for a little longer or doing it 6 days in a week. As I have gotten more fit, I have increased the intensity of the workouts, but not added much time to them.

It has worked for me. It's an amount of time I can see doing regularly for the rest of my life.

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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7/14/12 4:25 P

30 minutes of intense exercise is good. When you do cardio, don't bring a book or talk to a friend. Exercise at the maximum you can. When you lift, lift heavy until it burns. During the day get little burst of exercise - use the steps, park the furthest. Don't sit and watch TV - be active.

PENNYPACKER3 SparkPoints: (16,915)
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7/14/12 4:22 P

Not for me. I like to do more.

7/14/12 4:16 P

Regular substantial exercise and a good diet are the way to health. Weight loss is associated to exercise levels.

HEALTHYPRIYA SparkPoints: (18,943)
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4/1/12 9:56 P

thanks for your encouragement and guidance, i am going to continue with my workout plan :)

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (187,480)
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4/1/12 4:02 P

If you're doing it everyday, that's fantastic! That's the key--making it a DAILY HABIT for good health--just like brushing your it daily. :)

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
4/1/12 2:56 P

30 minutes a day is good, especially if it's higher intensity cardio. I aim for at least 30 minutes a day for working out.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/1/12 2:51 P

Generally speaking, healthy adults should get up to 30 minutes a day of movement every day.

It's often recommended that adults looking to lose weight double that. But that does fly in the face of "pick a lifetime level of exercise and eat appropriately for that", which is a much more sensible approach.

So basically, yes, 30 minutes a day is "enough" - it's the minimum every healthy adult should do though, so if you're achieving that it's probably not a good idea to drop it down.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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4/1/12 1:38 P

That sounds like a pretty good and consistent plan that can be held to for a long time. Of course you can increase intensity and make it a very rewarding 30 minutes and that's all the better. I do both cardio and ST and it takes me about 1.5 hours, 3 times per week. It suits me and I am getting the results I want at this time. Keep the faith

4/1/12 12:21 P

The benefit of an exercise programme is intensity not duration. A well constructed programme done at the proper intensity is more than enough for general fitness and fat loss. I recommend by clients do three alternating strength training days and two of interval cardio on non strength traing days. with a third cardio day as an option.

I do not advocate split training days since you can not isolate either muscle groups or body parts, muscles are not designed to work that way. Doing a workout of full body exercises with some compound movement exercises will produce the best results.

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4/1/12 11:53 A

I do at least 35 min for at least 5 days a week, sometimes more depending on how I feel. Thirty min sounds good to me!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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4/1/12 11:15 A

Certainly! Any amount of exercise is good. 30 minutes a day, depending on what you do, can make a great impact on your health and wellbeing.

I work out for longer than that, but I have aspirations of greatness... I intend to run some races and am building up to a Tough Mudder!

HEALTHYPRIYA SparkPoints: (18,943)
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4/1/12 9:40 A

how long do you workout everyday

tell me is 30 min a day enough for exercise
i exercise 6 days a week at gym in morning

30 min cardio M/W/F
30 min weights T/T/S

if its really less then i might do 30 min cardio everyday at gym, and weights training everyday during lunch hour (alternate upper/lower)

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