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Is it better to exercise for longer at a slower pace or shorter at a faster pace?

By no means am I even able to really push it -- just got back into to exercise after quite a long break...

But, is it better to really push yourself for 30 minutes or bring it down a notch and be able to go for 45 minutes? (For example)

Mon. Jun 26, 10:45pm

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i believe (correct me if i'm wrong) that going longer at a slower pace will build endurance, while really pushing it for a shorter period of time will build more strength.

if you are exercising for weightloss however, interval training is a great option. i've seen this strategy reccomended all over the place. go for a few minutes at a comfortable pace then push yourself for a few. going back and forth like this varies your heart rate and burns more calories.

and of course... good luck! you can do it!!! let us know how you're doing!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 12:14 AM

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Interval training is a great way to build cardio strength. As far as the original question, it's about getting your heart rate up. Slower pace will do it but it will take longer, working harder will get your heart rate up faster.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 8:55 AM

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Do both, on different days.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 9:04 AM

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I agree with the last poster. If you really want to get your heart healthy and your body to work well, do both. My husband is a runner and he picks short fast runs, then long slower runs to mix it up. Plus you won't get as bored with your workouts if you mix it up! Good luck to you!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 9:07 AM

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By" better" do you mean burn more calories or gain fitness? Burn more calories is intensity and duration driven, so it's helpful to have some sort of equipment read to get a feel as to what level of exertion over what period of time gets you the caloric burn you want. On the flip side, if you are looking to increase your general fitness level and endurance, the combination approach of high and low intensity effort works really well!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 11:15 AM

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