Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by 1200mk, Aug 1, 2007.
To keep fit?
Not unless it takes you a half hour to run a mile.
10min or less
try running 3 miles 4 times a week.
One mile should take you no more than 10 minutes. Anything more than that and it's considered walking. 40 minutes of 'cardio' per week is not enough to 'keep fit'.
how much is enough then?
When you go, try to get your heart rate up for at least 15-20 minutes.
Do that 3-5 days a week and it will help. If you only do cardio, I would err on the side of 5.
It's not the distance, if I ran a mile, that would be 6 minutes of cardio, which is nothing. Just run until you hit 15 minutes minimum with no rest. That is 15 minutes of high heart rate, if it takes a few minutes to get the heart rate up and warm up, then start the 15 minutes when the HR is up.
Oh noes. I don't do any cardio at all. I was considering running one mile once a week for cardio.
Depends on your diet, your normal physical activities
I run 1 mile 4 days a week, but I also lift and other activites.
1 mile four days a week, plus some occasional vigorous sexual intercourse with women
try jogging for time 3 of those 4 days
Tues- 30 min
Saturday- 3miles (or a mile if you want)
Don't stay with the same boring routine
If I ran 1 mile 4 days a week, trust me......it would be enough
I think some health board recommends like 60 minutes of elevated heart rate like 5 times a week or something. Google it.
do longer durations and a little bit less a week. 45 minutes at 3 days a week should be sufficient
If you're concerned with staying fit try running for time instead of distance.
Thanks for the information. I saw this article today from Yahoo:
It is aimed at older people, but I am sure I can base my workout off of this.
Yes I think its enough to keep you fit if you're constantly pushing to improve and if its part of a program that includes resistance training.
the goal for cardiovascular fitness i think is 30 minutes with elevated heart rate.
20-30 minutes of 75-85% maximum heart rate 3 times per week.
if you cant run further, just walk. High speed walking is very effective for both cardiovascular health and fat loss.
90% of the people I see walking are fat and out of shape.
90% of the people I see running and breathing hard are in great shape.
It's like that for a reason.
I agree that you can lose fat with walking, but whatever keeps your heart rate pumping the fastest for the longest period of time will keep you losing more fat. The only way you're going to get your heart rate up that high from walking is if you're walking as fast as someone who jogs. And if that's the case, then you might as well just run.
Really fast paced walking is less efficient as slow jogging, which translates into burning more energy to walk really fast than to jog really slow. But, I am talking about walking about 5 or so miles per hour.
some of the leanest people dont do cardio at all, see fatties all the time that run miles and miles every day.
brisk walking is very effective for fat loss.
its diet, genetics and activity level.
What he said.
I'd rather walk (on an incline and at a pretty brisk pace) for 30-45 minutes on a treadmill or get on an elliptical or something then beat the hell out of my joints by running on a track or hard surface.