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How many workouts per week?

I got in three this week so far, and I usually struggle to get one in. How often do you all get to workout?

Thu. Aug 30, 12:50pm

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I shoot for 3 a week

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 1:00 PM

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I shoot for 5-6 wokrouts per week. I work full time, and workout in the evenings after work. But I don't have kids or anything so it is easy for me to get that many in.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 1:22 PM

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I work out 5 - 6 times a week. I have 2 kids and get up by 5:30 am to squeeze it in. During the summer my workouts were 1 - 1 1/2 hours, but now that school is back in again I may have to cut back to 30 - 45 minutes each day. I guess it is better than nothing though.

Op - 3 times a week is a great start, but even if you can squeeze in a brisk walk on a couple of other days you will benefit so much.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 1:28 PM

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1:28 - I only have one kid, but I cherish my 5:30am workouts! It's almost like my escape - my only quiet, just for me time - and what better way to spend that time! And it's pretty much the only way I'll be sure to workout, otherwise it's too easy for other things to get in the way once the day starts. The same was true when I worked out of the house full time before kids.

I shoot for 3 days minimum and 6 days maximum (usually 30-45 minutes - mostly resistance training.) A 6 day week usually includes a 1-hour walk.

OP - are you looking for suggestions to find ways to fit in more workouts?

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 3:49 PM

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I also work full time and manage to get in 5-6 days a week for 30-45 minutes, on an elliptical at home mostly. I do have 3 kids (2, 3 & 14) and I unfortunately have to wait until the little oens go to bed and work out late at night once the they are asleep. I can't seem to wake up by 5:00 or 5:30, since I have to get in the shower by 5:45 at the latest to get ready for work, get the boys up, feed them breakfast, off to preschool, work, etc., so that early is way too early for me. Also, my littlest one usually wakes up that early in the morning if he hears noises so then it cuts my workouts short so I have to unfortunately wait until late night. If I don't do it then I can't seem to work it in any other time. I can't wait until they are a little older. Good luck with your routine.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 4:19 PM

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I aim for 5 cardio workouts per means waking up early and/or getting home late some days but I find it's become a workable routine.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 4:25 PM

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single, no kids.

I aim for a 60 min/3k swim a minimum of 4 times a week (preferably 6) and 45-60 minutes on the treadmil 4 times a week (preferably 6). Do some core exercises twice a week.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 5:04 PM

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Wow, it is great to see so many people who make exercise a priority.

I work-out 5-6 days a week and I walk 2-3 miles every day too. I work out in the morning before work.

I work full time and am a mother of 2, but they are teens now, which makes it easier.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 6:02 PM

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Working out is so over glorified. An hour 6 days a week? C'mon, anything better to do? Jeez, your knees are probably going to wear off by the time you are in your 40's. What happened to having an active lyfestyle? Walks in the park? Days at the beach? Walking to the store instead of driving? What happened to enjoying life? WHy spend so much precious time running on a treadmill like a hamster, going nowhere, staring at others doing the same thing? The sad thing is, that most of these over-excercisers are still not in the shape they want to be in....

Friday, August 31, 2007, 10:48 AM

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10.48 - some people want/like to work out six times a week. It doesn't mean they don't have lives.

I am for 4-5 times a week but try to mix it up so I don't get bored. I do body combat, yoga, just a gym session (spinning & treadmills etc), body pump and try various classes...

It is reccommended that you get at least 30mins cardio three times a week.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 11:06 AM

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t0 10:48

Saying I workout 5-6 times a week doesn't mean working out on a treadmill. It can be walking, running, biking, swimming, etc. All are a part of an active and healthly lifestyle. The reality is that we should all be exercsing this much, but few of us do. Fitting in in around the rest of life can be tough.

I love walking my dog for 3o-40 minutes every morning. But I do go to the heath club to do weight training or aerobics classes, which by the way, can be fun. So if it's fun and enjoyable. it's still a part of a healthy active lifes style.

And by the way, exercising daily is not over-exercising. It's recommended for a healthy lifestyle. The 3 x week is a "minimum", not an "ideal".

Friday, August 31, 2007, 11:40 AM

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I workout 5-6 days a week. I am single and am lucky enough to work part time. My workouts include 20-25 miles of running, 1-2 hours of yoga, 2-3 hours of weights, and 1-2 hours of walking or biking to keep me balanced.

I live an active lifestyle otherwise-I do have a life (despite the 10:48 poster thinking those of us who workout 5-6 days a week don't). My job is active, I walk to the bank or the post office whenever I can, and the day my job is closer to home I plan on biking to work during the months I can.

I didn't always live like this (or I wouldn't have had a weight problem) and I didn't start out w/ this much activity when I decided to make a change, but over time, as I got more fit, it became fun to challenge myself and now I love working out and look forward to getting it in as much as I look forward to sleep when I'm tired or a meal when I'm hungry.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 11:51 AM

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I also work out about 6-7 days a week. Most of my exercise time is not on the treadmill - it's walking or running on the trail with my dog, riding my horse (or cleaning stalls), hula hooping with friends, or biking to work.

I also lift weights, which may be "hamster-like" because it's inside, but it really gets my body in the shape I want, keeps my muscles balanced so I can enjoy other activities and also feels good.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 12:18 PM

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Over Critical 10;48

Some of us enjoy working out, it doesn't mean we don't stop to smell the roses.

I work out 5 days / wk, 1 hr cardio/ day, weights and resistance.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 1:06 PM

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5:04 here-

I love my time on the treadmill. I go late at night, I'm not staring at anyone, and I can just run. It's fantastic stress relief, it feels great, and no, my knees will be just fine as I run with proper form, and look after them with other rehab based exercise.

And I LOVE swimming. I'm a fish, you can't keep me out of the water.

I don't care much for walking during my day otherwise- I like to wear cute shoes that aren't meant for long distances. I don't want to walk to the store and have plastic bags hanging on my hands slowly cutting off circulation. I HATE going to the beach for a variety of reasons. My family has a cabin I haven't been to in 6 years. I'm not an outdoors girl.

I also occasionally play some tennis, in the fall I'll be playing volleyball again, and I rollerblade. I'm active enough on my own.

I have a life, I see my friends, the pool staff know me by name and chat with me all the time. However, I'd rather be at the gym than online or watching TV.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 1:25 PM

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When I'm just maintaining, it's 3-4 times a week for a total of about 5 hours a week. If I'm training for a race, which will as a by product usually help me drop a few pounds of fat and tone up, I up it to 5-6 times a week for a total of 10-12 hours a week. If I just want to lose weight and not up my time committment, I stick to the 5 hours a week and do less cardio and more weight training.

I'm a student now, but used to work a regular be in the office by 8am job, so I am used to morning workouts that start around 5:30-6am. I found one key to being more consistent with workouts is finding out if you are a morning, afternoon or early evening exercise person. Do it when it makes you feel the best so that you'll look foward to it.

Happy workouts everyone!

Friday, August 31, 2007, 1:39 PM

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Even though I've concluded that, sadly, working out has way less impact on my weight than controlling my diet, I work out 6 days a week - running outdoors or flailing on the elliptical for 30-60 mins, weight training 2-3x a week, and then I walk 1-5 miles a day on top of that. I do all this because I've gotten addicted to the endorphins, the natural anti-depressant effect of exercise. Walks in the park have replaced self-pity brownies and boredom grazing.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 1:52 PM

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1:52 - I've made the same discovery, too :) I still exercise 3-5 days a week b/c I feel like a schlub if I don't, but keeping my trap shut in times of anxiety and boredom yields much better results than more exercise.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 4:25 PM

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I get up at 5:30 so I can exercise for an hour before getting ready for work. I've been pretty steady at 6 times a week. I miss it if I don't. I thought I'd never say that either.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 9:36 PM

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