I've heard that we need to exercise 90 minutes to lose weight and 60 minutes to maintain. I've tried everything I know so I wouldn't have to exercise 90 minutes and every pound I lost was painfully slow.
I belong to a team and someone posted a challenge to see how many hours we work out a month. After that I upped my exercise to 90 mins and man...the weight seems to be coming off. So, I guess there is some truth to it. I have to admit it's very hard to get 90 mins in but I'm going to try to do that a few days and then maintain at 60 mins the next few..and keep rotating it like that.
Thought I would share what's been working
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it all depends on the type of excercise you do, and the frequency, rather than the time. also on your metabollic rate, and how much you eat.
I run for 30 minutes every weekday morning, and thats helping me lose weight steadily. If i ran for 90 minutes that would be about 15 kilometres! I think my body would burn out and give up on me if I was putting it through that every day. I'm a firm believer of doing something little and often. half an hour of pretty intense cardio excercise most days, and 30 minutes of lifting some weights on the other days is I think alot more managable, and still effective, in helping weight loss. i'm also more likely to stick with it, as it becomes an easy part of my daily routine. 90 minutes of any excercise would i think, be too much of a drain on my time and body, and so i'd be less likely to stick with it, so I doubt it'd help keep my weight down in the long term
I was just at the gym today and having a first appt with the trainer who said you should do cardio for 45 min at your target heart rate. I am sure there are a variety of opinions out there (on some walking websites they recommend 45-60 min) I usually walk outdioora but in nasty weather I figure I will go to the gym and split the cardio between the elliptical and treadmill with a little bike to equal 45 min. That way I won't get bored
90 minutes seems like too much to me. I burn about 300-400 calories a day doing DDR, which can take 20 minutes if I do it nonstop, and I lost 3 pounds last week. I didn't even do it everyday. It all depends on how much you have to lose, how many calories your taking in, and how heavy you are.