Do I work out a lot or not?

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    Do I work out a lot or not?

    Hello everyone. I train 3 times/week, doing 40' of running at 12km/h and 50' of weight training and abs... Is it considered high volume (i feel like it is...), because charts measure times per week and not duration and it falls into "moderate exercise" category... Can someone clarify this for me please? Thanks a ton...

    #2
    To me that sounds like a lot, too. I guess the problem with these charts is that they try to fit everybody into three (?) categories when there are so many varieties of intensity, duration, and type of exercise to consider. What makes me say it's a lot is a) your intensity (12 km/h is not an easy jog) and the variety (two distinct types of exercise in one day). Someone who did the same load but did the running and weight training on different days would log 6 sessions per week and presumably be considered a high volume exerciser.

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      #3
      MissSmilla Thanks a lot... You were very helpful... Even though I try to take all these "paradigms" with a grain of salt, they subconsciously make me think...

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        #4
        I tend to ignore the charts - they make me sound quite extreme otherwise If it feels right for you and you're happy with what you're doing and your body is happy with what you're doing then do your thing
        I keep hearing from 'Medical Professionals' that people should aim to do 30 mins moderate exercise 5 times a week. That's only 2.5 hours a week.... which is covered by end of day Wednesday for me.

        At the end of the day it's for you to decide

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          #5
          Lyra_H_W ... show-off. Here I am working 'hard' doing Cardio Go - a Difficulty 2 Program - which takes maybe half an hour per day of exercise (plus breaks) and feeling it(!) and you pop off talking about doing half-again that, and likely more difficult exercises.
          Show-off!
          But ... you are right. Humans used to do much more than a half-hour a day of 'light exercise' - just to get to the hard stuff! What makes up "a lot" depends on a) how fit you are, b) what difficulty you are working at, c) what your goal is, and (for someone like me and some others here) d) what your medical limitations are.
          GiorgosD ... how fit do you feel you are, now? What difficulty are the Workouts you are doing? What is the goal of your workouts?
          One other thing, I guess ... do you have the time needed to do so much? Sometimes you need to prioritize.
          And ... don't argue with Lyra. She kicks @$$ for 'fun' and exercise.

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            #6
            DaithiMeyer - Unfortunately I have commitments that push me over the top - commitments to my 2nd Dan and commitments as a Run Leader. Those alone take me to 3 1/2 hours a week, then there's the commitment to get to parkrun as many Saturdays as possible - so 25/30 mins on top of that But I would be in a terrible state without them as they're what pushed me to take on the additional exercise in my spare time.
            Every person is unique, individual, and awesome - if you're feeling yourself improving and know you're pushing your body then there is nothing but good in that
            GiorgosD - As Daithi said it's all individual, I won't be expecting the people starting my C25K next month to be keeping up with me, in the same way that they won't be expecting me to be content with their level of 'pushing themselves'. If your body and mind are good with what you do, and you have the time for it, then all is good. Just listen to your body, know when to take a break and when to maybe stretch a rest day if need be.

            And I was about to leap to my defence and say I don't kick rear for fun.... but that'd be lying - I really do!

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