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How much exercise is enough??

No matter how much I exercise I never feel like it's enough. I always feel that I could/should be doing more, and it always seems like everybody is doing more then me. When I work out I give it my all and i'm really dedicated but I just can't shake this feeling. I'm working out to lose weight, my goal is to burn at least 500 calories a day through exercise. Does anybody have similar experiences or advise?

Mon. Feb 19, 3:10pm

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I hear you. I took a day off today and I started to freak out - as if I was falling off the wagon. But it's important to rest!

Don't compare yourself to others - everyone has different bodies/needs/fitness levels. Do what works for you. Remind yourself that it's okay to take a break or take it easy for a day. Your muscles need time to rest and repair themselves.

I don't know how much you are exercising but be careful about getting "addicted" to exercising. Exercise addiction is a real problem for certain individuals - I guess Paula Abdul is a recovering exercise addict.


Monday, February 19, 2007, 5:22 PM

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400-500 calories a day is what I aim for also because it helps keep me motivated and in shape when I have a goal. I guess it also depends how much time you want to dedicate. For me, an good hour run or swim, or a 30 min walk plus 45 minutes of weight lifting gets me to that goal. I frankly would not want to be exercising more than that every day or I would have no life. Also, If you spend too much time exercising, you can risk hurting your body and your overall health. There is such a thing as overexercising.

Monday, February 19, 2007, 6:15 PM

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Depends on your goals

If you are only exercising to increase your health I would say about 4 to 5 hours a week is sufficient, however if your are training to be in a sporting event,say Marathon or 100 mile bike ride, you will need to increase the time you workout substantially. If it's weight loss you want try running intervals 4 days a week then add some weight training the intervals will burn fat and the weight training (about 45 minutes 3 days a week) will add more muscle causing your body to burn even more fat.


Monday, February 19, 2007, 7:39 PM

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Depends on your goals. Some say 90 minutes a day due to our sedentary lives.

3500 cals in a pound of fat. If you want to lose weight you just need to figure out how much you burn a day, and make sure that you exercise enough and cut back enough to create the needed deficit to lose.

I think 500 cals a day meets the 10000 steps a day min. I think 400 cals meets that.

In the end, you do what you can. I think you're doing fabuolous gettingg 500 a day, but if you did want to add, then you could do bursty spurts during the day - a minute of squats, wall sits for as long as you can, jumping jacks, squat thursts squat jumps, plie jumps - etc...

Monday, February 19, 2007, 7:44 PM

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how do you know when you have burned 500 calories?

Monday, February 19, 2007, 9:04 PM

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