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This is a Weight Watchers spin-off thread, but I thought all of your fitness mommas could help me out with a little research and / or theories.<br><br>
The newish WW recommendation is that to maintain weight loss people need to get in 28 activity points a week, which is based on some study's recommendation of getting 60-90 minutes of moderate exercise pretty much daily.<br><br>
Moderate exercise is pretty hard core. For walking that equals about 4.5 miles an hour (or 13 1/2 minute miles.) I'm also using a rowing machine.<br><br>
For a week I've done it, which was my first goal. I feel good, but this has kinda thrown me for a loop. It's a lot of time, a big commitment. If I continue, it'll change my body composition. Less body fat, more muscle. Which is cool, but I want to do something for a lifetime.<br><br>
This is a lot of time out of my day. Not time away from my family, but time I could be relaxing, keeping a better house, etc. In a way I'd rather eat less and exercise less. It seems more sustainable. But the WW science is really good IMO, and so I'm with them for now anyway.<br><br>
Tell me why I'd want to keep this pace up for a lifetime. 60 - 90 minutes a day, really? Anyone else keep to this?
 

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It makes sense to me, b/c our bodies just aren't meant to be sedentary. I think 30-40m of on-my-own, intentional exercise is reasonable, then making up the difference by walking places, doing vigorous housework, roughhousing or dancing with DD...
 

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I think it makes sense too, to a degree. I spend about that amount of time daily doing something fitness related. I tend to not spend it on a cardio machine though. I lift weights, cross train, sprint, run, jog, hike, etc. What I do is forever evolving, I always lift a lot of weights and I tend to think that too much emphasis is put on constant cardio. But I think that the big point is, I love the way it makes me feel. I try to never do a workout that I hate. I change things up all the time. I can't imagine not doing it. I don't go to the gym every day...maybe 4-5 days a week. But on the days I don't go, I run outside, or hike, or go for a walk with a friend or my family. My kids love nature hikes, they can do it for an hour easily (ages 3 and 5) if we stop occasionally and look at a rock (Squats!). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Anyway, I don't think that long term anyone should HAVE to sit on a treadmill or elliptical for 60-90 minutes every day, unless of course they love it. I think that being active every day is important though, and I would even say that the recommendations aren't enough in some ways. I think that humans need to be vigorously active for a period of time once or twice a week as well.
 

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I don't really "time" my exercise. Maybe if I had a desk job and didn't move all day I would....<br><br>
I'm a busy mom/housekeeper etc, adn I go to the gym 3 days per week. I workout HARD at the gym. The other days I walk, ride bikes, run with the kids, clean the house etc. Sometimes i do short bodyweight workouts at home with kettlebells, pushups, pullups.
 

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I don't think people need to excercise for that long daily or even more than 2x a week. I think it causes burnout. Look into high intensity training. High intensity doesn't mean it has to be hard on your body, it just means you do it faster and for a shorter duration. This speeds up your metabolism and sets you up to continue burning calories at a higher rate throughout the rest of the day. Plus you can spend half the time doing it so you are more likely to have success.<br><br>
Let me know what you think about this and check out marksdailyapple.com. Look around it a bit and see what you find.
 

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Metabolism is a mystery that I'm not sure I understand, even after some inquiry. Don't know if I believe that a period of high intensity work "speeds up your metabolism for the rest of the day." It might build muscle that burns more calories through the rest of the day. I think metabolism is short hand for a somewhat complex set of calculations that your body is going through. But put more simply, I think I believe that more muscle burns more calories, pretty much end of story. Yes a man burns more, a young person burns more, etc. But the man and the younger person have more muscle.<br><br>
I'm reserving judgment on whether 60-90 minutes is a physical requirement for most of us. I've committed to getting it in at least 6 days a week for 100 days. So until Sept. 2 for me. I've gotten into rowing hard and long and my body's thrilled. I've got a history in water sports. Then I go for a 50+ min walk over most lunches. So, I've found a way to get the time in. And I'm working to some higher intensity workouts in there too. Once I get over my cold.<br><br>
So, I'm still agnostic, but am leaning towards being a believer.<br><br>
Looks like Mark's Daily Apple is an interesting site. Will look into it more. Thanks for the link, and the analysis.
 

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The fitness program that I have been working out with locally emphasizes interval training for the cardio. His belief is that it is more efficient & just as effective working out at at a moderate pace for longer. In a 45-50 minute class we do core training, interval cardio & weights. It kicks your butt, but then its done!<br><br>
Something to think about...<br><br>
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