Can someone tell me if my fitness routine is actually any good!

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    May 02, 2014 4:41 PM GMT
    I tried doing the RJ programme but I realised I didn't have the time for it so instead I did a load of research to get the most out of a more general work out that I've pretty much adapted from my original work out only this time doing everything properly.

    Monday - Friday I do 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, 10-15 minutes of strength training (most of the different things I do were researched from the RJ workout guides so I know they're good) and then I do another 10 minutes on the elliptical. Sometimes I do more than 10 minutes at the end but I always aim for at least 10 minutes. I walk around a lot throughout the day and at least once in the weekday I walk into town to buy a few things and back which is about 45 minutes at a brisk pace each way.

    Saturday I only do 10-15 minutes of strength training.

    Sunday I walk to the swimming centre (50 minute walk) and swim in the lane I prebooked for 50-60 minutes then I get a bus to see family and have lunch get a bus back and then walk for another 50 mins to get home.

    I know in the week I should perhaps be doing a bit more but am I doing enough to stay healthy/reduce my risk of becoming unhealthy?

    Will what I'm doing now (now that I know what I'm doing with weights because before I didn't) help tone me up? At the minute my body has no definition it's just flat lol.
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    May 02, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    There is a debate as to whether or not there is such a thing as "toning".

    I think by your reference of being flat that your intentions to be not flat, so to speak, and that will require building muscle. For that to happen you need to up your strength training and cut back on the cardio and watch your diet carefully. To be "toned" is to have muscle with little body fat. And if you fear of becoming freakishly big, don't worry about that. People don't get like that by accident.


    Good luck and keep at it.. the rewards are amazing.
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    May 02, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
    I know it takes loads of time and effort to get big big. I just meant to put on some muscle. I don't expect to put on loads without putting in the time and effort but I just wondered if I might put on a bit over time.

    I'm more interested in being healthy though so I'm hoping what I'm doing will help me stay active etc.
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    May 02, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    You might want to increase your (continuous) eliptical workout to 30 min. You can use 5 min of that to warm up, then do 20 min in the aerobic range (50%-85% of your maximum heart rate) and take 5 min to 'warm down'. Aerobic exercise alone won't help you get bigger, but it will help to ensure your health in the decades to come.
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    May 02, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
    First, kudos for making the effort. ANY workout is a good one if you are getting exercise and putting yourself in a better place.

    I think it's fine for a starter, provided you aren't using the same muscle groups each day you work out. To repeat cardio each day is fine (although I agree with Ex_Mill8 that you should increase it. Consider this a great starter and continue to improve as you go along. My cardio is usually on a different day than my strength training (except for my morning wake up cardio, which is a combo).

    Glad to see you are moving forward! Keep it up!

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    May 02, 2014 9:31 PM GMT
    Thanks that's all good advice. I do intervals for 20 mins on the cross trainer (first 5 mins is a warm up) and due to old injuries I would struggle to do any longer than that on the elliptical at the moment but its something I could try to work up to.
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    May 02, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    dudewithabeard saidThere is a debate as to whether or not there is such a thing as "toning".

    I think by your reference of being flat that your intentions to be not flat, so to speak, and that will require building muscle. For that to happen you need to up your strength training and cut back on the cardio and watch your diet carefully. To be "toned" is to have muscle with little body fat. And if you fear of becoming freakishly big, don't worry about that. People don't get like that by accident.


    Good luck and keep at it.. the rewards are amazing.


    High intensity cardio isn't really against building muscle. Just be sure that you keep it short and sweet (run faster).