break it up

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2012-07-26 17:08:43 -0500
Started 2008-07-25 00:24:10 -0500

As not to get bored with a excersice routine, try breaking up your routine. it is now thought that instead of working out for a straight 30 minutes, that you can also break it up thru out the day. Stretch in the morning, take a walk at your lunch break, lift wieghts at night in front of tv. this way it (suppose to) give you more time during the day to get some work out time in and you want dispise it somuch. Its worth a try!

Tags: weight loss

7 replies

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-07-29 02:59:47 -0500 Report

While I have read similar statements and agree to some extent, you have to be careful to make sure you understand what specific benefit is being studied. Often these studies are looking at something like heart benefit or stopping bone loss.

These are all good benefits. But I think most people are exercising to lose weight. And I don't believe I've ever seen a study that supported the claim that a few short workouts throughout the day are effective for weight loss.

Some of the threads on here about exercise have helped show how to gradually build up to longer and more intense workouts. These methods (I believe) are the right way to approach exercise for weight loss. Just my two cents.

morris.js 2008-07-29 06:55:13 -0500 Report

To some extent I agree with John, You cannot do your warm up or streching exercises in the morning, and then your lifting at night. You need to have anough time scheduled to warm up, work out, then cool down for it to be effective with less risk of injury.

However, any burning of calories be it in 5 minute increments throughout the day at different times, or in one long session, will have a possitive effect on weight loss. No where have I seen that you need to burn those calories for an extended period of time to be beneficial. Cardio workouts and things yes, you have to reach a certain heartrate for a certain period of time to have good results, but not in burning calories.

Just my opinion based on what I've read over the years…LOL
John Morris

DonnaAnn 2008-07-29 11:12:36 -0500 Report

I think for most of us, just gettin up and doing healthy things like walking and riding bikes instead of carring it, is better. I stretch first thing in the morning, right after I get the coffee pot going. while it perks, so do I!

JoJoCooks 2008-07-29 01:22:56 -0500 Report

I do this as well. I do 15 minutes of bike riding in the morning. Take the train to work then do 30 minutes of walking to the office. I reverse the routine when I leave. I also take different walking route so I always see new and intersting people and places. Hope everyone is staying healthy!!!


Charish 2008-07-28 15:23:09 -0500 Report

Breaking up your routine will keep your interest in excercising and it want become boring to you. I walk twice a day and sometimes I do floor exercises to keep me wanting to do my routine. I am now going to start yoga which is something that I have always wanted to do. But the idea of changing up on your daily exercise will keep you wanting to go out and be active.

GabbyPA 2008-07-28 12:49:38 -0500 Report

I have been doing this and it seems to help me get all my minutes in during a busy day. 5-10 mintues spread out makes for a successful day, and then I can find a way to fit in a class of something that might not be as much as I need, but a good add on.
It also prevents me from saying "I don't have enough time"...because I always do now.

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