How long do you work it???

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    Mar 22, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    I have been working out for a wile. I go to the gym 5 to 6 days a week. I am usually in the gym for about an hour and a half each day. I run almost everyday for at least 30mins. that means I work out for about 2 hours a day. I don't have any problem with this and I really enjoy my routine, but recently I have been told that you should only really be working out for about an hour a day. One of my good friends (with a killer body) agrees and he told me he only works out for an hour at the gym.

    Why would that be the case? Is it unhealthy to workout more then an hour? Do you think I might find better or quicker results if I were to do so?

    I am sticking to my own routine for now...
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    Mar 22, 2009 10:36 PM GMT
    I came from a background in triathlon where if you were doing anything for less than an hour it was your rest day. It was natural to think that 2 hours was normal. I did read (somewhere) that there is something (and some clever person will remind me what it´s called) that stops/gets worse/does not improve after about 50-60 minutes lifting so you may as well not waste your time. As you can see that was very technical of me, convincingly remembering the research. But I do remember reading that. Also if I were doing longer workouts I´m eating into my recovery ability a lot and we all know that we grow from eating and resting. It was a bit of a journey for me as I am used to 2 hour workouts.

    However, I have got to the position where I lift for up to an hour, then I will do HIIT for up to 25 minutes. If I am in the gym longer than 75 minutes then something is wrong. In fact I only do 75 minutes twice a week, the other six days I´m out in an hour (pilates is done in hour long sessions, in fact in many places it is 50 minutes, but my teacher is generous to me).

    Science apart, I decided that on pragmatics. If working out for 1 hour a day gets you to 90% of your potential (I´m making up the numbers), and the extra hour adds only another 5% (for example) then I´m not going to waste an hour on really minimal improvement. For professionals, fine, but I´m pretty happy with what an hour does and I´d rather spend the time doing other stuff: reading, sleeping, listening to music, etc etc.

    Also, with a job an hour a day (and of course you have to add travel etc) is do-able, but 2 hours is a burden.
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    Mar 23, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
    Im like you and i lift for about and hour and do cardio for about 30-45 mins cycling afterwards..... it seems just enough and anything less would seem not enough for me... but i think it all depends on how intense the workout is...... if your doing circuits and not resting with lots of heavy weights, shorter would be better but i choose to spend more timeicon_cool.gif
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    Mar 23, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    if you dont have any problems with this, then you're fine.

    just always listen to your body... if you're tired, exhausted, more sore than usual, etc, than take a day off, or tone it down for a bit, but otherwise id keep on truckin
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    Mar 23, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    I usually lift for about an hour to an hour and a half, then do cardio for 30 - 40 mins. 3 days a week. I do cardio every other day for 50 mins.