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Question about working out...

I know, lots of threads about this and I have read about changing routines around and what not but here is my question...

I do the treadmill for about 25 mins and then do aerobics for 25 mins...I have started to do about 20 mins on the treadmill and then do aerobics ( basic ones on my own) and then I do another 5 or so on the treadmill...will this change my calorie burning or the benefits I get from working out?

I am trying to shake up my routine a bit but am limited to the equipment/excersie listed above, any suggestions?

Thank you in advance for your help!


Mon. Sep 17, 3:58pm

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Not sure if you're shaking things up because you're bored, or if you're on a plateau. Anyway...

As someone who has messed around with this a lot over the past 2 years, my experience is that the changes you describe are not enough to shake a plateau and won't burn more or less calories - you're doing the same activities in the same timeframe at the same intensity.

A relatively subtle change that won't change the # of calories you burn but can help with plateaus and boredom: increase the incline and reduce the speed on the treadmill one day, then increase the speed and reduce the incline the next. You'll burn about the same # of calories, but it keeps your muscles "surprised".

Monday, September 17, 2007, 4:25 PM

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OP here...

Thank you, no I am not really bored or at a plateau but relatively new to 'on going working out', I have been jogging about 6 mins ( not consecutive) and the problem is my treadmill only has one incline ( and I am using it)...

I think I may get some tapes to add moves for my aerobics....

Thank you about increasiing the tension and speed, I have been trying to go back and forth and different speeds...

Can anyone tell me what a 'typical' treadmill workout is?

I do about 25 mins and go 3.3-4.0 ( I warm up at 3.5, jog at 3.3 &3.5 and slowly increase my walk up to 4.0 ( don't stay there that long though)
but generally only burn 160 cals, today was over 200 and that is rare, I have no idea if this is good or not??

Thank you again!

Monday, September 17, 2007, 4:36 PM

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Do you have small hand weights? I see people in the gym and in the park doing their workout walks with them. I'd guess they're 1-2 lbs. Since you do this at home, just start out using canned food from the cabinet (standard can is 14.5oz plus the weight of the can, so about pretty darn close to 1 lb) or two 1/2-liter bottle of water - they're good sizes for your hands. And really swing your arms (bent 90 degrees - otherwise you'll like you're waving in an airplane).

Monday, September 17, 2007, 4:44 PM

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Oh thank you so much!!!! I really appreciate that advice!

I have started doing crunches and haven't really noticed a difference yet...does anyone know if crunches and or sit ups are better to work your abs? I have about 40 pounds left to goal, so I know when I get there that will help!

I do ww but do not use the activity points, not sure if this is hurting or helping for I do seem to be more hungry!

Thanks so much for the ideas.

Monday, September 17, 2007, 4:47 PM

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try looking for videos you can download off the net. I do taebo. I walk. I have a exercise ball. I lost alot of weight just walking and watching portions.

Monday, September 17, 2007, 5:55 PM

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