Length of Workout

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Ardiamurli

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 14:55
Hi everybody

I have come to enjoy doing hour long workouts on the Elliptical machine. However I have heard from a few people that shorter higher intensity workouts are better.

I do increase the intensity of my workouts...right now I usually do level 5 or 6 but sometimes I push it up to level 7. I also do 30 second bursts of extra high intensity...as fast/hard as I can go because I have read that is effective. My workouts are quite intense...I am out of breath and am soaked in sweat for most of the time I am on the elliptical(sorry for being gross lol).

I have actually had people tell me to shorten my workout...and I would really prefer not to.

Advice?

Thanks!! Smile
Lucyford23

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Posted: 18 Nov 2013, 15:23
Cardio is great, however, adding reps of weight training is good. It helps tightening your muscles while your body adjusts. Smile But keep doing what works for you, because everyone is different.
Glaun

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Posted: 18 Nov 2013, 15:30
Ardiamurli:
I notice this is the third post of the same question in two days by you. Avoid double posting. It is a waste of community time. There are answers in the previous posts of yours. Check those please. If they don't answer your question, then either your question is not clear or no one has an answer.
Thanks
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Santosvella

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Posted: 01 Dec 2013, 01:14
You need to research HIIT High Intensity Interval Training http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_interval_training
IF you have been an hour on the machine then try incorporating some of these in.
But not every day, the body would probably need a bit longer to recover at first.
kingkeld

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Posted: 01 Dec 2013, 06:57
Well put, Glaun. Smile

There are so many questions being asked that have already been answered elsewhere. No offense to the original poster, but it IS a good idea to keep the forums clean.

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Posted: 03 Dec 2013, 19:29
Cardio is great in a lot of ways, but it really depends on what your goals are. Are you simply trying to keep aerobically fit? or do you want to gain overall fitness including muscle tone and what not? If you are considering this, then I would suggest looking at some form of body weight workout and or interval training.

Remember, the only bad workout is the one that didn't happen.
mummydee

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Posted: 03 Dec 2013, 20:19
Watch Micheal Mosley's "the truth about exercise", interesting concept.
arr1972

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Posted: 04 Dec 2013, 08:33
If you just want to look good in clothes ...,do cardio. If you also want to look good naked ....do weight training.
Barbara4572

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Posted: 08 Dec 2013, 12:58
If you have a lot of weight to lose, I think you need both cardio and weight training.
jadenmiller

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Posted: 08 Dec 2013, 23:20
Its vary person to person, i feel if you think you are giving best stick to it.
Blindfaith.c...

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Posted: 16 Dec 2013, 22:14
Workout out for no more than one and a half hours. Never ever workout more than that. You can really get a great workout in thirty min. The secret is to have a routine. Have a routine and follow it and your time will fly buy.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 17 Dec 2013, 08:42
There is no set time you need to work out. Everyone is different. It depends on your goals. There are plenty of days that I work out more than 1 1/2 hours b/c I just enjoy it.

The important thing is to not get stuck in any one routine - your body acclimates to the exercise, you need to change it up, work different muscle groups. Don't do the same cardio every time. Incorporate weight training to become more lean.
jadenmiller

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Posted: 17 Dec 2013, 23:36
NCNOLE wrote:
There is no set time you need to work out. Everyone is different. It depends on your goals. There are plenty of days that I work out more than 1 1/2 hours b/c I just enjoy it.

The important thing is to not get stuck in any one routine - your body acclimates to the exercise, you need to change it up, work different muscle groups. Don't do the same cardio every time. Incorporate weight training to become more lean.

I agree with you. Its always depend on your goal. More you do workouts you will tend to lose more weight.
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 04:55
Strength training is good for your body. Strengthens your bones and tones in ways straight cardio doesn,t.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

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Blindfaith.c...

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Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 10:30
While I agree with you that one can exercise as long as they want to it is also a fact that working out excessively has little or no benefit to the individual. Moreover, I wanted to encourage those who hate go to the gym or workout at home that the do not need to spend hours at the gym to see results. So if you like and enjoy hours at the gym who am I to argue with you. As I said, find a routine work that routine and the time will fly by.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 16:33
I can see and feel improvement in the past 6 wks. I go 2 or 3 times a week depending on the rest of my life schedule. 10 to 15 min warming up with cardio then 45 min or so on the strength training machines. I also do 15 to 30 min on my gazell 4-5 days a week in my basement. Walking outside @ 5am is not something i do in the city

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

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activeash

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Posted: 23 Dec 2013, 12:31
Do you feel like working out for an hr on the elliptical has been working/helping?? If it has then no need to change! You can maybe once or twice a week shorten the work out doing intervals, or just increasing the intensity for a shorter amount of time, but regularly do your hour long workout. However, you should also add some other types of workouts into your routine...high rep, low weight weight lifting is always great to burn fat and tone up your muscles. Doing squats is one of my favorite workouts and does wonders for me. I usually vary my workouts from quick, intense 30min ones to 1-2 hr ones...it honestly all depends on my mood and how fast I want to go through my workouts! Smile
jadenmiller

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Posted: 27 Dec 2013, 02:52
wholefoodnut wrote:
Strength training is good for your body. Strengthens your bones and tones in ways straight cardio doesn,t.


Yes you are right, i feel along with Strength training proper diet plan is necessary. 80% people quit workout because of early tiredness. Which can be avoided by balanced and nutritious diet.
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