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Does splitting your workout into 2 sessions make a difference?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm hoping I'll get some info on this by someone who knows - I certainly don't! I'm proud to say that I've steadily increased my time on the elliptical trainer over the past month from 20 minutes to 75 minutes per single session. But I've recently begun to split my session in two, taking 15-30 minutes between times. What I find is that with this sort of arrangement, I work out longer (2 sessions of 45 minutes each!) and harder (from about 500 to more than 700 calories burned). I think this is a good thing but I do wonder if there is a negative aspect to it - fr'instance, does it mean that I'm disrupting the time I spend in the 'cardio' zone? Thoughts appreciated!

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    Thanks for the feedback, both of you! Cee, I have the time because I'm not working this summer (translated: no income at all) while preparing for my dissertation research. In the fall I'll be teaching full time and doing the research. I want very much to increase my energy and stamina and get nutrition and exercise part of my normal routine by that time, because I feel it will help me to survive and thrive.

    Teacher - I think it's probably a good thing as well but much of the info about nutrition and exercise is directly contradictory. I love doing the workout this way because I actually cool down, finish the smoothie I made for breakfast, then climb back on and finish.

    2903 days ago
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    There are actually good studies that show 10 minutes x 3 = 30 minutes when it comes to fitness. I think it's a good thing!
    2903 days ago

    Personally, I wouldn't think so .. in fact, I'm envious! You have time I wish I had! emoticon Make sure you stay hydrated during this hot, hot summer, Carol. Gatorade will replace crucial nutrients you lose this time of year and of course, water is always a good thing.

    Keep on rocking, sweetie! emoticon
    2903 days ago
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