Work Out times - input please?

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Posted: 20 Feb 2010, 11:09
So I had a thought the other day...

First a little background - my exercise bike is seriously as old as dirt, like I got it from my grandma WAY back when, finally can use it because I changed the seat (otherwise it was very uncomfortable)... but I still don't really LIKE the bike. The gauges don't work for speed or time, and none of them are electronic anyway...

Okay, so now that you know that - I've been trying to add in cycling to my daily workout and since I hate the bike it's been a bit of a struggle. I can do about 15-20 minutes but then I just get so... BORED! I mean, I'm watching TV while I do it, and I do feel a little fatigued, but, it's more boredom than anything else.


Is there any difference if you work out for 20 minutes straight, or break it up and say, work out twice for 10 minutes?

I know you've got your heart rate up when you work out for longer, but if you were "refreshed" each time you worked out, wouldn't you technically be able to put more into the workout? I'm just wondering because if it's not any difference in how effective it is, I may break up my cycling to 10-15 minute periods throughout the latter part of my day, instead of being stuck on it for 20+ minutes.


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Posted: 20 Feb 2010, 12:16
I would do it all at once to build endurance. Actually, I would do it for at least 30 min if you can.

If you are going to do it for two short spurts, do it with the most intensity you can muster!
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Posted: 20 Feb 2010, 17:13
I think I agree with you on that one, working out longer builds endurance, and I think that's more what I need to work on than anything. Thanks!

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Posted: 01 Mar 2010, 11:58
Actually, it takes a little time for your body to start burning calories. Depending on the website, book, or trainer you reference some say it's 10 minutes, some say it's 20, I've even seen 30 minutes listed. That being said, the goal is to burn calories all day, so if you do 10 minutes in the AM, 10 in the afternoon, 10 in the evening, you've increased your overall output for the day. Personally, I'm a fan of Getting It Over With when it comes to cardio so I like to do it one one fell swoop. You can still do 3 10 minute cycling sessions, just do them all at once. After 10 minutes, hop off the bike and do some pushups, jumping jacks, sun salutations, step, hold a plank position as long as you can, or any other quick exercise like lunges. Give these 2-5 minutes, then hop back on the bike. You'll be tired, but you won't be bored! Very Happy
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Posted: 01 Mar 2010, 13:05
the latest research says that doing it in blocks of ten has NO difference to your calories lost, AND it can actually help to improve your cardio fitness


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Posted: 10 Mar 2010, 09:43
Kittyglitter, is spot on. <---This is they way to go. I for one feel a big difference between 20 and 30 min. If the bike is boring but works try doing 10 min of high intensity on the bike then go for a 20 very brisk walk. The 10 min on the bike will get your body going and I bet you will enjoy the walk even more.

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Posted: 10 Mar 2010, 10:00
Most of what I've read is that your heart rate needs to be elevated for at least 20 minutes to get the full benefits of cardio. Assuming it takes a while to get to your target heart rate, I'm not sure multiple 10 minute sprints will accomplish the same thing.

Regardless, multiple 10 minutes is better than nothing.

I had an elliptical that was horrible (ka chunk, ka chunk, ka chunk every revolution). I went way overboard and bought a top of the line one and I can now do 30 minutes straight where I never got past 20 on the old one. I think the new equipment helped, and if I really pushed myself, I could do an hour if I had to.

If you are in this for the long haul, when you can I suggest upgrading your equipment to something better. If you are bored regardless of equipment, maybe a different cardio workout is best, or at least switch amongst several workouts.
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Posted: 28 Mar 2010, 09:18
[quote=mommaofamarine]Has anyone tried doing spinning or Pilates? "God does not call the qualified...he qualifies...the called"Wink

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Posted: 28 Mar 2010, 16:49
I go to a gym and walk on the treadmill for 15 to 20 minutes and then ride a stationary bike for 15 minutes. I'm a heart patient and I'm on oxygen 24/7 so I can't do long times or very fast times but my weight losses are better when I do this then when I don't. I've learned to set schedules when I do things each day and this is part of my daily routine in the morning. I exercise almost every day after eating breakfast. That way I come home and get a shower and go do whatever I want without having to worry that I haven't gotten my exercise in each day. It's only about 30 to 45 minutes a day and it really gives me some much needed energy.

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