How much Exercise is ENOUGH to lose weight, in your opinion?

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  1. ii3rittles profile image81
    ii3rittlesposted 13 years ago

    How much Exercise is ENOUGH to lose weight, in your opinion?

    Some say 15 minutes a day, every day.
    Some say 30 minutes a day, every day.
    Some say 30 minutes a day, 4 times a week.
    Some say 45 minutes a day, 4 times a week.
    Some say at least one full hour, 5 times a week.

    So, how much is enough? and how much is to much?

  2. profile image0
    Lynn S. Murphyposted 13 years ago

    I am a WW lifetime member and they recommend starting with 30 minutes a day. Increasing it, a little at a time, and listening to what  your body is telling you what it can handle will help you find your maximum workout.

  3. john.jackson profile image69
    john.jacksonposted 13 years ago

    If you want the specifics, you need to lose roughly 500kcal a day to lose a pound a week. By lose 500kcal, I mean that you have to burn 500kcals more than you eat. However, don't go trying to burn off 2,500kcal on the treadmill, because everything you do in your day, even lying down, burns calories. So that is why I suggest that an hour ever day is more than enough to keep you in very good shape or to lose weight.

    When it comes to too much exercise, I would say that if it gets to the point where your joints are aching or you are feeling faint or light-headed, it is time to stop. It is not advisable to regularly completely wear yourself out. I would say that three hours a day of proper exercise is too much for the average person and could be causing permanent damage to joints etc.

    The good thing about exercise also, is that it helps stem your appetite and keep you satisfied, so this creates a healthy cycle, where you will begin to tone up and lose excess fat.

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    Hope this helps!

  4. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 13 years ago

    it really depends on your lifestyle. some people exercise a lot but eat unhealthy diets , so they don't lose weight. being active, eating right and perhaps 20 minutes of exercise a day is what the average person needs. the trick is balance.

  5. ArtByCari profile image69
    ArtByCariposted 13 years ago

    It won't do you any good if you eat a lot of junk.

    Also, I think it depends on the type of exercise you are doing. 15 minutes of walking is nothing compared to 15 minutes of running.

  6. 61MT profile image40
    61MTposted 13 years ago

    It depends on how much weight you want to lose.  You don't have to exercise at all, but simply eat healthy.  It might take longer, but if you don't overeat you can probably lose weight overtime.  You don't have to work out every day, but should do cardio 4 or more times a week.

  7. Ann810 profile image51
    Ann810posted 13 years ago

    I think enough exercise is 3 times a week, for 10 - 30 minutes.

  8. rcrm89 profile image64
    rcrm89posted 13 years ago

    It depends on you energy balance.

    You can do no exercise and lose weight if your energy expenditure exceeds your intake (basic law of thermodynamics).

    That said exercise does have cardioprotective and fitness benefits, results in improved nutrient partitioning, better sense of well-being, increases your energy expenditure etc.

    Resistance training is most effective for improvements in body composition as it results in muscle sparing with adequate or greater protein intake and some people (novices mainly) even gain muscle mass when in caloric deficit trying to lose fat.

  9. MOTrainer profile image59
    MOTrainerposted 13 years ago

    The best advice is get a personal fitness assessment completed. The reason there are a variety of answers on this, is because everyone's fitness needs are unique. There is no "one size fits all" answer. Many factors come into play: fitness goals, medical background, and current level of fitness and health. The most effective way is to work with a professional who can help you assess your needs and keep track of your progress based on your individual physical requirements. With this, you are more likely to both see results and have less of a chance of injuring yourself.

  10. JMAW profile image59
    JMAWposted 13 years ago

    i like to walk, swim, do martial arts, etc.  i don't always have a set time and try to maximize small periods of exercise when i can (sets of body weight exercise, 10 minutes of something here and there) because i like that it keeps me moving throughout and i can keep flowing with my life and not feel bad if i don't get the hour per day.


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