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CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,972
8/10/12 1:50 P

I work out for about an hour every day, pretty much. I take a "rest" day once a week or so but I usually do something active that day, like walking or yoga.

MRSWILKI SparkPoints: (0)
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8/10/12 1:48 P

My new schedule (since finding out that I LOVE Zumba) is to do zumba for 1 hour on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and running approx 45 minutes on Tuesday and Friday and taking Thursday and Sunday off. :)

But for me zumba doesn't feel like a chore because I love it even though it kicks my butt. So that's 3 days where getting in the exercise is easy (plus I bring a friend!)

ANNAFRECKER SparkPoints: (0)
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8/10/12 12:52 P

I do, I just mix it up. I hiit workouts twice a week, endurance workouts and spinning. I also lift everyday but I rotate the muscles I work. Just make sure you eat enough and get enough sleep!

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8/10/12 12:49 P

I workout 5 days/week. I do weights/strentgh training 3 days/week for at least 35 min up to 45 min or an hr depending on how much time I have. I also do cardio 5 days/week. I do the cardio after the weights (on the days that I do weights). Sometimes, I will mix it up and do some weights, then some cardio, then some more weights, etc. How much time I spend doing cardio depends on how much time (45 minutes to an hour) I have but I try to do moderate to high intensity cardio workouts. I do enjoy the cardio more though.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
8/10/12 12:18 P

Definitely not too much for me.

Whether it's too much for you depends on your fitness level, what exercise you're doing, for how long, and intensity.

8/10/12 10:10 A

I exercise 6 days a week with the seventh day as an "active rest" day. I do 3 days of cycling [usually 1.5-2 hours a day] and 3 days of running [45 minutes on the treadmill doing run/walk intervals]. The seventh day, I do yoga. I also do strength training at least twice a week. It works for me but if my schedule gets mixed up, I don't fret about it. But this is generally what I've been doing for the last two months.

KDC011 Posts: 180
8/10/12 9:15 A

It is definitely not too much if that's what your used to. I work out 6 days a week anywhere from 45min to 3hours a day (the 3hrs is only one day a week though for training purposes). However if you are just starting on an exercise program I don't recommend that many days a week because you will end up burning yourself out. If you are used to that much exercise and eating enough that your calorie differential isn't too large then go for it!

GINNABOOTS Posts: 9,490
8/10/12 9:03 A

I exercise 5-6 days a week. I don't think it is too much if your body can handle it. My body lets me know when I over do it, so I rest.

PENNYPACKER3 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/10/12 5:59 A

6-7 days a week.

MOMOF2GREMLINS SparkPoints: (54,265)
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8/10/12 5:31 A

For heart health alone it's advised to exercise daily for 30 minutes.
I work out 5-6x per week, ranging between 30-45 minutes usually, 60 min max. I usually take Sundays off but if I'm in the mood to do something, I do. It's important to listen to your body!

For me, working out daily is a lifestyle I've been living since over 12 years now and can't imagine ever changing it. I already get antsy when I'm sick and can't exercise.

CHICCHANTAL Posts: 2,135
8/10/12 4:29 A

I try to get to the gym at least 3x a week, but on days when I don't get there, I go for a long walk instead. It all adds up!

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
8/10/12 3:13 A

I exercise 3-5 days a week. It is about personal preference. If you a new to exercise then something is better than nothing!

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
8/9/12 10:55 P

I work out 6 or 7 days a week. I don't think it's too much, but I really think it depends on what you're doing for your workouts. I'm a runner, but I'm not running every day; I'm mixing it up.

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8/9/12 10:32 P


ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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8/9/12 9:50 P

I exercise 5-6 days per week... 25- 45 minutes each time. On some days, I exercise with a lot of intensity. On other days, I do more gentle exercise. I try to listen to my body and balance out the stress I place on my body with sufficient rest and recovery time.

CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/9/12 9:25 P

I exercise every day, not the same thing every day, but something active, cardio, calorie burning.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/9/12 9:20 P

LKEblish, muscle weighs the same as fat; the old saw is inaccurate, and you don't build muscle that quickly, and almost not at all at a calorie deficit.

7 days of Zumba might be too much. But if you're not losing weight, look to your diet; losing weight is about your nutrition, not the exercise you're doing. Are you creating too much of a deficit? How much are you eating weekly, and what's your calorie range?

CHIHAYA SparkPoints: (0)
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8/9/12 7:46 P

It depends. You can just listen what your body says. I didn't have to take a rest day until I increased strength training weight little aggressively.

LYNN4HOPE Posts: 231
8/9/12 6:56 P

I exercise 6 -7 days a week for an hour doing Zumba and have eaten mostly vegetarian foods but have lost nothing in the weeks I have been on here but muscle weighs more than fat right?

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,460
8/9/12 6:49 P

Not at all. In act, I think 5-6 days per week would be quite common amongst those who have established a regular habit of exercise.

However, most experts would recommend resting 48 hours between strength training sessions, which would imply strength training just 3 times per week.

And high impact exercise like running is hard on the body, and most experts would advocate beginner runners only running 3 times per week, although it is fine to do other low impact cardio on other days.


ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (202,123)
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8/9/12 6:26 P

5 days isn't a lot at all. Currently, I work out 6 days, but in the past I have worked out 7 days for months on end without a rest day. Just don't do this if you're new to exercise.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/9/12 6:11 P

It can be. Rest days are very important to your body... if you're doing cardio that much, you're potentially overtraining. What you're doing is also important. If you're just walking, or doing yoga, that's not intense enough to be a problem. If you're running, though, you need to slow it down before you hurt yourself. If you're doing 10 minutes a day, no big deal. More than an hour a day... probably too much!

Is it all cardio, or are you adding some strength training in there? What are your goals with all the exercise, and what are you doing exactly?

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 8/9/2012 (18:11)
JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
8/9/12 5:54 P

I work out 5 days a week for about 35 minues. It varies between 25-45 or 50 minutes depending on the day sometimes. Right now I'm following a program that is 35 minutes.

MSDEE7679 SparkPoints: (12,488)
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8/9/12 5:39 P

I was just wondering how many Sparkies exercise this much? Is it too much?

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