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How much time a day do you spend exercising?

Was wondering how much time a day do you spend exercising and how much weigh do you lose in a week?
I am currently doing about 20 minutes walking for 1 mile, double that for 2 miles. I can't seem to increase the speed to do more. Just wondering what other people are doing.

Thu. Mar 27, 10:10am

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I do 1 hour on the bike every day, 6-7 days a week. I have been losing 1lb per week.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 10:19 AM

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Great job staying active...
I do 1 hour am + 40 mins afternoon, 5 days a week - I can lose a few punds a week depending on my diet...
In high school sports we always did three hours a day six days a week, and athletes do more than three hours a day, so you can do more time and 20 mins a day is not too much time to be healthy.
can you clarify "20 minutes walking for 1 mile, double that for 2 miles. I can't seem to increase the speed to do more" - are you now doing 40 mins a day?

I think you should take the intensity down a little notch and put in a little more time and tweak your diet if you want to lose more weight.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 10:47 AM

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I can lose about 1-2 pounds a week if I spend 50+ minutes intense aerobics or weight lifting, 6 times a week, plus four 30-minute walks. I average about 1400 calories/day eaten.

However, bear in mind that I only weight about 120 pounds, so even my maintenance program is eating about 1800 calories and working out 50+ minutes 5-6x a week.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:06 AM

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if you are active then losing weight is much more about diet than exercise

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:11 AM

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PP - I agree, it's much easier to EAT 500 calories than to burn 500 calories.

However, if you are careful about both, it can be a 50/50 split. For example, if you cut 350 calories a day and burn 350 through exercise, you can still lose about 1.5 pounds per week. 500 and 500 will yield a 2 pound loss.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:15 AM

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Maybe do a little interval jogging with the walking. Start off with like 3 min of jogging then walk, etc etc.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:15 AM

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I run 2x week, about a 31 min 5K, then I do the elliptical 2x for 30 min on the other days. After each cardio I do about 20-30 min of strength training. Walking is great exercise, but if you can get your calorie burn up with another activity you'll see some results.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:19 AM

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For me, losing weight without exercise is impossible, regardless of how much I diet! But people are all different. I'm not *that* far away from my target weight, so maybe that is part of why I can't lose any weight without lots of exercise.

You may be devoting plenty of time to working out, but not getting the most efficiency out of your workout. If you are walking as quickly as you can, but your heart rate isn't all that elevated, maybe it's time to try a different form of exercise. If you have a gym membership, the elliptical trainer is great because you can increase the resistance or increase the revolutions per minute, so you have many options for increasing your heart rate.

Also, as has been suggested in some other threads, interval workouts are great. Try a 10 min warm-up at your usual pace followed by short (30 s - 2 min depending on the intensity) bursts of much higher intensity. Then recover for twice as long as the high intensity period, or even longer until your heart rate comes back down to a lower rate. Do the intervals for 15 - 20 min and then cool down for another 10 min. If it's within your budget, buy an inexpensive heart rate monitor and do a little research to figure out your appropriate "zones" for each phase in the interval workout.

Limited time is a huge factor so don't feel guilty if you have too much going on in your life to devote more than 20 - 40 min per day to exercise. Good luck!

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:24 AM

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op here, thanks for all the info. I do 2 miles a day of treadmill walking and it seems like it takes me about 40 minutes. I was just wondering if I should up the speed or just do what I am doing and walk longer, like going for 2.50miles. I also am doing ww so i am losing about 1lb a week, sometimes 2 depending on water bloat. I know what I am doing is working, but I just wanted to know how much time people put into their exercise routines. Was over an hour excessive? Sounds like it is not.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:26 AM

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An hour is definately not excessive if you have the time. A tip, since you use a treadmill, try and up the speed just one up. Keep doing this every so often and your body will get used to going faster. You just have to keep pushing. That's what I've been doing. I went from 1 mile in 20 minutes to 1 mile in 17.28 in just over a week. You just gotta keep pushing.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:33 AM

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