Thursday, February 3, 2011

Working Out - Slow and Steady or Intense?

I've been thinking about my workouts lately. In January, I did the same workout 21 days out of 31. I'm happy with myself for working out the 21 days, but am wondering if I need to kick it up a notch.

When I started out at 250 lbs, I was coming off of about 2 years of not working out at all, so I was really out of shape. Initially, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical at like, a level 1. After awhile, I started doing 40 minutes, then 45, then 50, and am now doing 60 minutes. I am also up to a level 4. The other day I did intervals, but usually I just do the manual setting - 60 mins all at a level 4.

I also lift weights maybe 2-3 times a week, usually just while watching TV, nothing special.

I used to do Jillian Michaels' DVDs and I am fully aware of how brutally painful they are, so I haven't busted them out yet. I am scared. Actually I am kinda scared of all workout DVDs at this point, since the elliptical just seems like an easier alternative. Maybe I'll try Zumba :)

What do you all do for exercise? Do you prefer short, intense workouts or longer, less intense ones?

Oh, and I read in my Weight Watchers food journal about a study that shows that smaller periods of exercise added up provide the same benefits as lengthy session as long as they are at least 10 mins long. Interesting, huh?


Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

I tend to go as fast as I can for between 30 to 45 minutes - it gets it done for me. I do need to workout with weights more though. I'm very hit and miss with that.

Senora Muertos said...

Congrats on the 21 days! I am a slow and steady girl, but I have only been doing this since Sept. and have limited access to the gym. I want to get to fast and intense though. I think I am going to buy Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred this weekend.

~ Darla ~ said...

I like a combination of the two. Trick the body. Long steady walks (not necessarily slow but not running). I like doing interval training on my treadmill, throw in the odd DVD and it's almost fun (lol). Oh, I forgot weights...must concentrate more on weights.

Ann said...

I have a training schedule that I follow. But the most efficient workouts are interval up and down Zone 3. keep that heart rate moving!!!!

prjctskinnyjeans said...

I like short not necessarily slow though.Also I'm more of a walker. I live in a very rural area so it allows me to have pleasant 30 min walks in the countryside.But I'm struggling to start a regular routine so kudos because it looks like you have a good thing going for you. Also thanks for following my blog and leaving a comment as well!

Polar's Mom said...

I like to mix up my workouts, I find I get the best results for me that way... So even though every day is elliptical for an hour, I also do P90x everyday, and those are rotating differently-themed DVDs, then a couple days a week when I'm not exhausted after the former workouts, I do kettlebell snatches. For a while, all I did was elliptical, and no matter how much I increased my time, I wasn't seeing the numbers and results that I expected from putting in that much work... Sounds like even if you do Jillian's DVDs every once in a while, that would be a nice changeup and give you good burn.

Polar's Mom

Mrs. D said...

My schedule is kind of packed a lot of days, so my goal (most days) is to get as sweaty as possible in 30 minutes! The days I have more time, I'll pace myself and go longer. It really depends on how much time I have available, and whether my body (making the knee angry is bad) will cooperate. I think mixing it up is best, and keeps you from getting bored. And I love Zumba!! I've missed the last few classes due to snow and sickness though :(