2 X 30 Minutes Or 60 Minutes? Once You'Ve Started, Just Keep Going!
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I found that you burn MORE calories by exercising for 60 minutes in one shot than for two separate sessions of 30 minutes. For me (and everyone is different) I burn approximately 200 calories in the first half hour, and *300* in the second! Yes, I burn half as much again by keeping going! I can burn more calories by doing an hour today and taking tomorrow off than by doing 30 minutes each day. Or I could work out both days, and burn even more! Remember, the first 15 minutes are the toughest!
I use a heart-rate monitor to calculate my calories burned, as it's much more consistent than the numbers on the machines, and will account for the effort I put in on any given day (which the SP numbers don't). My preferred exercises: running, walking, elliptical, swimming.
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I have a habit of doing 30 minutes on cardio machines and stopping, even if I am not exhausted. Today, instead of setting the minutes for 30, I just chose quickstart and it automatically set for 60 minutes! I just said, "okay, one more interval, one more song, till the end of the commercial break, etc." until 60 minutes and 600 calories had passed! I won't be setting a time limit for myself anymore because I know it limits what I can really do!244
Start with just 10 minutes the first day. Add 1 minute the next day for a total of 11 minutes. * Each day just add 1 minute to your total. When you reach 15 minutes - spend a couple of days there then start adding the 1 minute each day again. Repeat from * for 20, 25 and 30 minutes.
At 30 minutes - you can split your work out into 2 sessions of 30 minutes a day for an instant jump to 60, or just keep growing it to 60 a minute at a time. One minute is just so doable.
When I first started to exercise I could barely do 3 sit ups. But I just kept going - 3 was better than nothing. No matter how small or how little you can do just do it. Now I do a full 60 minute weights training 2 to 3 times a week and 25 to 30 minutes on the stationary bike almost every day.
That was 2 and a half years ago that I started. Bit by bit. Small steps. Now it is part of my life. That was also when I discovered Sparkpeople. That helped me so much I don't know if I would have made it without Sparkpeople. Woohoo!!!!!!
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