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short and sweet

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I do a little everything, short, sweet, slow and steady, with the help of my trainer we have days that are heavy and energetic, and days where we are just in the mood for an evaluated heart rate to just do some exercises; it really varies.

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For me, slow & steady WILL win this race against obesity!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You say you have a form of exercise that you love doing every day. I say, if it ain't broke don't fix it!! Loving your exercise puts you way ahead of the game!



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emoticon Slow and steady wins!

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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Slow and steady, because that is what will ultimately win the fight against obesity.

One day, one meal, one choice, one step to a new me! Go D-Dub!


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Dear friends,

If I deny myself, I tend to binge. I feed myself the food (healthy food) I need to keep my body functioning at high level with energy to boot.



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short and sweet

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I think both have their benefits. I was going with pushing myself but I caused damage to my feet that will take a while time to recover so I am resigned to slow and steady (it is taking me a while to accept it). Since I've had to slow down, I make sure I get a good cardio boost each day with cardio dance focusing on my upper body though in addition to my walking.

I think the key thing is to find something you love and you can stick with. As time goes on, challenge yourself. You're burning the calories and getting fit, that's what's important :)



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I'd stay with the short , and steady approach, as the other option is not something which can be as easily done for a life time, and that approach brings along with it the very real possibility of injury which at best will effect you for weeks, or a life time, and for what weight loss or conditioning- which you will attain it anyway going slow & steady. That's my take on those options, and what I do, because of those reasons. Stay motivated.

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Tiniertina- had to laugh at your mention of the corpse pose. Long ago I had a roommate who did extensive yoga exercises and she reported that my cat started doing them with her... In later years, I had to give up doing the corpse pose and anything on the floor because later cats weren't satisfied to do the exercises with me - they just wouldn't let me alone. If I tried to be still, they would keep poking and sniffing at me to check for life! No internal doors here except to the bathroom, which is also their litter box room, so no way to shut them out. I wasn't born with the knees for some yoga poses anyway (family problems kicked in while still in grade school). I still do standing warmup yoga stretching exercises every day for the past few decades, just a few minutes really helps me. The cats still try to grab at me when they notice (they get really excited by stretches for some reason), but usually I can wait them out. At least I'm not the sitting (lying?) duck I would be in the corpse position...

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Well, for now, a goal was met ... my wasting syndrome was stemmed emoticon without time-consuming, expensive trips to go swimming (even though the weather is getting warmer) ...
using a new dance-exercise workout that is really strengthening, too ...
and I am in danger of overshooting the mark ... Regained not as many avoirdupois pounds as I would have liked [but for medical reasons cannot put back any more], so now I've got to go less combo and more slow-n-steady ....


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I'm in slow and steady, almost no progressing~~~~
But I never give up emoticon

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short and sweet

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Slow and steady wins the race against fat. I have lost weight many times only to gain it back. Slow and steady is a life change. It is a conscious change of fitness and nutrition. emoticon

Keep on moving....

Everyday is a new day.

Gratitude--every day!

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Perseverance is the key!


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slow & steady...



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I have always believed that slow and stead wins the race and all that... my results have never been great.
This time I'm going guns a blazin' type 'o speedy and it's really working for me! The fast, consistent and obvious results are keeping me really motivated.
(I'm doing a modified version of the 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead' Reboot juice fast.)
I def. think it's a thing each person needs to figure out what's best for them tho... and even what's best for that person at that time in their life: what worked when you were young might not when you are older or if you life circumstances change, etc.
However it gets done doesn't matter as much as getting it done! ;)

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My personality has always been "slow and steady" emoticon since I was very

little. emoticon

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I think your friend is right. Why not mix it up a bit and go all out so that you are dripping with sweat and can't do any more, then, ease up and stretch it out, then go for maximum effort again, then ease up... I think you will get real fitness gains and also you will find you enjoy mixing it up a little.

Reframing my thinking to release excess weight forever.

If you always do what you always did... You always get what you always got!


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It all depends on the particular person. You should test out both methods and see what works best for you. If you're looking for more motivation, this may help out -

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You can customize the challenge to tailor your specific goals.

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I plan to mix it up ... it took me three months to build up to walking a total of 45 minutes ... 10 of it being my warm up and cool down 5/5.

Now that I can put in the time ... three days I plan to go slow and steady with a consistent speed and two days walking intervals.

It is sooooo confusing knowing what is best.

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I learned the hard way not to screw around with the warm-up either ...

I'd been out of the game for years, mostly relying on yoga ... but with regular exercise I was able to do MUCH better right out of the gate, sequencing cardio belly dance (the music generally more a little more euphonic to my frustrated DJ/audiophile's ears) than the more zumba-ish stuff I do now (it IS a pretty bizarre - to the average American - cardio dance workout I do now; but it is the only thing working against increasing frailty which didn't involve me hitting a far-off swimming pool), so I tried and failed and tried some more ... it was all checks and balances ...

So, with the warm up, it has to be gradual, gradual and gradual ... never mind that the music doesn't "cooperate" ...


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Thank you.

IMHO, I think the old school approach is, for some of us, the best.

Get in, get out, get on with your day ... there is a lot more of that day waiting for you then. But start out slow ... end very gradually, slowly and pleasantly. Let the end of your cooldown be a sweet reminder of what you could look forward to, exercising.

This does not need to be like yoga--with its corpse pose--laying down on the ground motionless for darn near 10 minutes (for years, with me starting in June of '07 it had to be--until it could be no longer [I've too many circulatory problems now for all that] ... I'd done this corpse pose for a time, on a gym floor that had not yet ditched its stretching area; with clueless personal trainers cum physical therapists scoffing at this emoticon when I was done) ... but the cooldown should be something pleasant, stretchy and memorable ... and lengthy enough ....

That's what's known as positive reinforcement for you to do your exercises "Next Time" ...


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Find a way.

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You go girl.

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Well, I find I have to send most carbs screaming in the other direction of my mouth, but then I have been a very well-managed Type 2 diabetic for 16 months ...

As far as the original question, can't you try for both at the same time?

Intensity in your exercise that (for the most part) gradually builds in and then falls off gradually? Added in, because I have some kinds of problems (both with my technology delivering the music I cardio dance to, and with my body) .. I need a lengthier cooldown than most.

But when I'd been young, if my cooldown had been (delivered usually via an instructor) short, or any intervals had short recoveries; I always used to throw up afterwards. Nothing new's here - except the additional problem of aging joints and worsened orthopedic problems ...

But really, interval training is not effective for me now. Steady-state and slow is a lot more fun, but would take hours for it to work for me now in my particular condition.


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After losing weight several times through diets, and gaining the weight back faster than I had lost it, for me, personally, its very clear that the only way to go is slow, steady, consistent and with a normal diet that has been tweaked a bit. Cutting out all carbs or completely going off anything isn't a solution unless you can follow it forever. LIFESTLE CHANGE, HABBIT MAKING etc are some of the things to focus on :-)

Focus on consistency in follow ur exercise and diet plan, and focus less on the weighing scale.

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I'd have to say it's slow and steady for me :) Mind you, my version of slow and steady may be someone's short and sweet! I like to get out for a 5K run (with a few little walk breaks thrown in) or a 7K bike ride. I found myself frustrated a few times because I felt like I should be faster. Then, I found a t-shirt online that said "I run. I'm slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run." It drive the point home for me - no matter how slow or how fast I go, the point is that I get up off the couch and I go! POSITIVEHOPE, I can certainly relate to the end the block taking all your energy. I am asthmatic and would never have thought that I would make it further than the end of the block, but here I am! I started with one block, then a few...keep up the great work everyone!

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My fitness exercise is walking. Very slow walking. When I first started, the end of the block took all my energy even with rest stops. Now, I can walk 1/4 mile with ease. May not seem like much to others but I can FEEL the positive effects of being more fit. Feeling more fit feels good. Because it feels good, I want to do more. Some days, I try to walk farther. Other days, I try to walk faster.
I may be the slowest turtle in the race but I'm smiling all the way to the finish line.
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Slow and steady for me...takes awhile to get things done right.

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thanks i am not quite up to it today because i have a cold. so not feeling it but i did do an 18 minute bootcamp workout and 30 minutes on my gazelle.

keep on trucking
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MOODYKEYS- if you feel like it's not a good day to push, then your body is probably telling you that for a reason. Try to do something nice and easy like walking so you're still getting some exercise, but don't push if if doesn't feel right. There may be something else that is causing your body to feel that way--maybe you need more sleep, more time outside, or maybe you need to reevaluate your diet!

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some days just dont have the motivation to push, but other days i move as much as i can.

keep on trucking
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Of course, it depends what your fitness level is, short and intense workouts are too taxing for some people who have to work up their intensity gradually. But in an ideal world, BOTH is best! Some workouts you should push yourself as hard as you possibly can, and other times your body just needs to chill and recover. In fact, most people's easy workouts are too hard, and their hard workouts are too easy.
From a weight loss standpoint, your easy workouts are going to directly burn your body's stored fat without increasing your appetite. These activities include walking, hiking, maybe a slow easy bike ride. They should be incorporated on a daily basis--try to squeeze in a 20 minute morning or noon walk every day!
Your intense exercise should be hard, but it doesn't have to be long! (Sweet doesn't necessarily apply) This is the type of exercise that builds your muscle and boosts your metabolism four hours after your workout. However, performing intense workouts more than 3 times a week is very taxing on your body and at some point after that you will no longer recover properly, and you will no longer be able to give the same intensity you could at only 2-3 bouts per week. If you try to do to much intense exercise, your intensity will drop and the benefits will start to diminish. Obviously everyones fitness thresholds are different but for me, intense exercise means heavy lifting circuits: 5-6 exercises, 8-12 reps and 2 rounds; and sprint sessions: sprinting 100 yds as fast as possible, 1-2 minutes of recovery repeat 6-8 sprints.

Recap: Slow and steady burns fat, Short and intense builds muscle and gives a metabolic boost. Sprinting cuts you up!

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Neither, for me it is fast and hard.

Weight is the result of what you have been doing for the past week.


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THIS WEEK SLOW AND STEADY

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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I've learned to take what I can get! The tortoise and the hare both finished the race, after all.



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slow and steady

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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Some days short and sweet while other days steady. Depends on what I have planned to do. I try to get at least 30 minutes in either way.




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I prefer short, sweet and intense because I get bored while working out very easily. If it's more than 30-40 minutes, I'm bored. If it's 20-30 minutes, perfection! Unless it's walking in good weather, then I prefer steady as I take in the sights.



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I need to start out all over again, but I will get there

Need to keep thing i will get to my goal


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I'm starting out slow but I know like a turtle he always get to where he going. So right now I feel like a turtle and I will keep going until I reach my goal.

Slow but I can do it


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slow and steady

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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slow and steady

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it can last forever.

Smiling is my favorite exercise.

Wear a smile - one size fits all.

Just think what a smile can bring to the most important muscle of the body... the heart.

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slow and steady

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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At my age 79 in July slow steady walking is about it. emoticon



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It's slow and steady but intense Mon-Wed when I do my FIRM tapes that have weights and aerobics combined. It is less intense when I do the Leslie Sansone tapes on Thurs-Fri. I just can't do tapes on Sat-Sun. I take the dog on extra walks on the weekends.

LET'S DO THIS!


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I'm like you KChandler. Right now I am just getting back into exercise after a decline in my activity. 10 minutes sometimes seems challenging. I did get the spark fitness tracker, and it has helped to motivate me. I can see my progress throughout the day. I can make my own goals. I resisted buying it for 5 months, but felt I needed a motivator, and it has helped me with my baby steps to be more consistent.

One day at a time.

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It is the courage to continue that matters!'


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I'm way out of shape, so slow and steady - 10 minutes at a time! When that gets easy then , 15 minutes, etc etc. etc. I want to make a change in my life and that means doing something daily.

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

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5/23/14 11:43 A

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Generally I am a slow and steady exerciser, it keeps me healthy and motivated because I am successful. But because I walk outdoors and we have hills, I also get some harder intervals. And every couple of weeks I like to mix it up with zumba or another quick paced aerobic workout.



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I am a true believer in steady. Whatever style you choose to do. Slow and steady works for me. If I were able to I would do some high intensity work as well, because I enjoy the "buzz" but my knees are shot, so I do what I can. It matters that you enjoy whatever you do enough to be consistent.

One day at a time.

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Seems to me if you've got damaged knees, then whatever you do has to take that into consideration. It's going to be different with everyone - personally I don't have 90 minutes so I have to go shorter and more intense, I guess. You might look into weight lifting, doesn't have to be heavy weights but that's another alternative. Just make sure you use good form for your knees. emoticon



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Slow and steady wins the race!
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BOTH. I have to do what fits my schedule. Some days I like it short and sweet and my days off I like to do it slow and steady and enjoy my walks or whatever I'm doing. It gives my exercise some variety. I'm just working on my consistency now .



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5/21/14 1:00 P

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Slow and Steady......CONSISTENTLY!
EXCEPT CARDIO OF COURSE...lol



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I find that easier exercise is more likely to find itself in my schedule..lol. What matters is doing exercise daily. If it is too hard, you will be sore, and most likely not continue doing it. I like to take a 60 minute walk in the morning along the river. it relaxes my mind, and wakes me up. I do about 3.5 m.p.h. though, so it isn't like I am strolling along ( I have short legs ). I can run part way, or slow down my walking, if I want to, so it really is more about what exercises I want to do.. what I enjoy.

Any exercise you enjoy can be done either way, depending on how you feel that day.

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5/21/14 11:42 A

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As Ive gotten older Ive come to appreciate Slow and Steady. :)

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Slow and steady!!



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For me? NOT about how fast or slow, it's about the lifestyle. If it's something I like, then I can do it every day until I'm a hundred years old, and it's going to work. emoticon

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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I'm both.
But if all you have time for is short - do it!

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Current scientific studies (sorry, don't have any on hand to cite) indicate that long and slow to lose weight is indeed a myth, but the bottom line is that any kind of exercise is better than none, and what you're doing clearly has great benefits for you -- it is not counterproductive.

But "calories in = calories out", while mostly true, is not the whole story. Metabolism comes into play, and the best way to tweak your metabolism is to do interval training. Strength training is also beneficial in this regard. This is probably what that person was talking about.

If you were spending hours on a treadmill and hating it, I would encourage you to switch to interval training for cardio as well as strength training with high weights, but since you're active and happy, stick with what you're doing!.

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i like long and quick when i'm on my training runs

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I cannot answer the question of whether or not it is counter-productive. I think if you like it and enjoy it that is good enough. I spent about 80 minutes a day on a treadmill prior to my recent move. I am now walking to a gym and spending time on the muscle machines. I think it could be counter-productive when you run out of time and stop doing it. However, if you can work it into your schedule and it is comfortable. -- go for it,

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I prefer short and sweet, but only with my swimming workouts. I've only just started working out and eating healthily after a long hiatus, but as I have bad knees I prefer to swim, as it's very low-impact. At my best I can knock out 2 kilometers (1 1/4 miles) in under 45 minutes, but as it stands right now I can only manage 400m (450 yards) in 15 minutes, which is okay by me! I'd rather go a little slower to start and not risk injuring myself, thus losing all my motivation!



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5/18/14 11:59 P

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Thank you fanny for your opinion.

I stand by mine as what works for me.

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When you have a lot to lose, it has to be slow and steady. You build up to the next level. It's hard to move a body that is 100+ pounds overweight.

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I like to loose weight short and sweet. Once I am where I want to be then it's time for maintenance.

If it takes too long, I will lose interest, patience and other stuff I can't really put into words.

What I realize is that when I lose weight quickly it gives me momentum and encouragement and proof that what I am doing is working.

Along the way I try to get in some exercise weekly. emoticon



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Slow and steady. The body needs to adjust! Also we are doing this for life! Cherie

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When it comes to weight loss, slow and steady is the best and safest.



 
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Both. When I am hiking hills the climbs are built in high intensity intervals which are part of an overall hike that can be hours long. I'm not necessarily working hard the entire hike.

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I like slow and steady.



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slow and steady

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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I am slow and steady. I don't last long, but my endurance is improving.
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I believe you need to do what feels good to you. That you will be able to stick to your routine.

I do nearly all of my runs at a low pace but for longer periods (45 minutes to 2 hours), because I like it that way, and it makes me dread them less :)
It does mean that I don't increase my average speed as much as I could be, but I am definitely getting fitter, and hardly ever have any injuries.
I had a fitness check recently and my resting heart rate is now 44 beats per minute. I am sure that is because of my low intensity runs and yoga classes.
Slow and steady wins the race, right?

However, I guess you could do intervals or something just once a week, if you want to know what it feels like to really push it (and feel less guilty about not really giving it all).


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"So you eat to lose weight and exercise to get fit." I really like this. Never heard it that way before but it will stick with me. thanks.

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I do both. I try to get in at least one long swim a week, at least an hour of steady laps, but there are always a couple of days when I cannot commit to that much time in the pool, and on those days I try to swim intervals and beat my previous times. Having started swimming intervals has increased my speed and stamina on my long swims, so it's really a win-win situation. I also do a Zumba class every week that is definitely fast and fun, and gets my heart pumping.

I know what you mean about exercise being therapeutic; if I do not get in at least one long swim a week, I am really cranky. Swimming is a very meditative activity for me, and that aspect is as important as the calorie burn.

Ultimately, what is best for you is the exercise that you are going to keep doing. If you don't like running, walk; if you don't like bootcamp, do Zumba. If you're getting some cardio, some strength training and some stretching in every week, you're probably doing ok.



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It's not ineffective to workout slow and steady as long as you workout long enough. I too tend to workout for an hour or two every day on low to moderate intensity exercises.

That being said there is benefit to doing some tough cardio at least once a week. It pushes the body and provides a cardiovascular health boost.

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Like almost everyone else, I think that if you're hitting your target cardio range bpm, you're doing fine.
I've heard that exercising "too long" every day isn't good for you---tell that to Olympic athletes who train 4-6 hrs a day, lol!

Unless you're training for a particular goal...ironman, marathon..whatever, I did read that (for example) running more than 15 miles a week doesn't really give you added cardio benefit, but does give you more endurance.

For me, it's about how happy you FEEL. If you're happy with your weight loss or inch loss, how your clothes fit, that's all that matters. If you want tone a little more, you could always take 20 or 30 of those 90 mins and occasionally use them for yoga or pilates or something that doesn't hurt your knees. I think it's great you're doing what you're doing, and I'm sure your Doctor wants to use you as an example to his/her other pts!

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The part of your post that I want to focus on is:

"It's very therapeutic for me, doesn't bother my damaged knees much, and I just really love doing it."

Honestly, I was doing things like intervals and variety, but I found it less therapeutic and didn't enjoy it and started missing workouts and struggling with sore feet and ankles.

I went back to doing the treadmill while watching television - and walking outside - even if I have to do more minutes. I just like it and it brings a sense of peace to my days and decreases my stress and when I get tired and burnt out, I still do it.

I know that in the end doing something is better than doing nothing and if you do what you enjoy doing, you will stick with it.

Yes, the constantly changing things up will get you results faster and better, but it does get rid of the therapeutic feel to it, when I do it. I feel stressed out and don't enjoy the exercise as much.

I feel I need the sense of stress relief and feeling peaceful and having a sense of constancy and routine and not having the fear of injury right now more than anything.

I guess those are different goals than just getting in shape.


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Both

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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Not counter productive at all. You need to work at a pace that raises your heart rate into the target zone but allows you to continue to workout everyday except for your rest days. Personally, I like hard and fast. I work out at least 60 minutes per day 6 times per week. I use intervals to vary intensity and allow recovery because going all out for over an hour isn't doable for most people. You also get a bigger bang calorie-wise doing intervals than doing steady state.

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any motion will help burn calories . My mom once asked me a question about exercise and burning calories . she walked with three friends and they did a set of steps . she was convince that she burned as much as them when she took her bags up the stairs at the same time . they said they burned more by going up and down the stairs in three separate trips . I tried to reason with her that they did because they moved more then she . she was cleaver in doing in one but not burning more . mother`s day make me think about her . i miss her dearly .

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Ultimately, weight loss is about total calories burned versus consumed, not about how you exercise or where your heart rate is.

Working out the way you are certainly isn't counter-productive. But once you get to being able to work out for 30-40 minutes, you are probably better off adding more intensity to your workout, rather than more time.

The reason being that getting your heart rate higher does create additional health and fitness benefits. And of course it is more time-efficient, as you can burn the same number of calories in less time. Using the time saved to add some strength training will help your weight loss, as ST plus cardio is definitely better than cardio alone.

But you mention using the incline on your treadmill. The incline is an excellent way to add intensity to your walking. Each 1% of incline adds 10% to the effort required - holding a brisk walk on a 10% incline IS an excellent workout.

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I personally like doing them both. It all depends on my mood and what workout I'm in the mood for that day. Or, if I'm participating in a challenges.

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Variety is my path to success. Longer workouts at a steady pace help me build endurance, which gives me a strong foundation that I need for the higher-intensity workouts...which, in turn, help me pick up the pace in my longer workouts. Plus varying my workouts helps me stay challenged and engaged.

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I do slow and steady too. I walk fast enough on the treadmill to get my heart into the target rate zone, and I've been gradually increasing the incline, so when I get off the treadmill I'm tired. Besides my morning 30 minutes on the treadmill, twice a day I walk 15 or 20 minutes at work, incorporating at least 3 flights of stairs per session. Since I'm at work I have to do it in professional clothing and getting excessively sweaty is not an option, so I'd be a lot worse off if lower-intensity exercise wasn't helpful. It has to burn more calories than sitting at a desk, that's for sure.

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I like fast and long! But slow and steady is the best way to gain strength and lose weight!

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Doesn't matter what I prefer.

What my body requires if I DON'T want to be UNable to exercise the next day, week, or month, ... is slow and steady, and not too long. But, then, I'm 67, and I've lead a misspent life. YMMV emoticon

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Edited by: BOPPY_ at: 5/13/2014 (19:05)
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I definitely prefer slow and steady instead of short and sweet, especially like going for long bike rides and being out in the fresh air - good workout for me.

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If you're getting your heart rate up to where it needs to be, you're doing fine. I imagine quite a few people out there thing you need to be downright exhausted to be burning calories, but that's not the case.

Sparkpeople has a good article for finding your target heart rate:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1044

I know a lot of treadmills have a heart rate monitor built in, and I'm hoping yours does. At least you'll be able to tell for sure, and if you don't have or can't afford one that's fine too. You don't really need one to know your heart is beating faster. :)

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If you're always keeping the intensity challenging, then you're burning calories. Sure, going faster or doing more intense cardio will burn calories quicker but if you're happy with what you're doing, stick with it. Remember though, losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. So you eat to lose weight and exercise to get fit. Also, strength training (over the long term) is more effective at burning calories than cardio since muscle increases your BMR.



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Depending on how crazy my schedule is, I spend anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes a day on my treadmill walking with speed and incline intervals. It's very therapeutic for me, doesn't bother my damaged knees much, and I just really love doing it.

However… someone told me that taking so long to get my workouts in each day is actually counter productive and to burn calories I need to be working out harder and faster. Is that true? To me, it seems like if I'm breaking a sweat the whole time and keeping my heart rate up for 40 to 90 minutes that I should be burning something, right? Or am I actually keeping myself from losing weight?



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