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To ask if I am doing enough exercise- I don’t think I am

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Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 18:56:16

I am 45 & I want to stay fit & strong but also lose weight. At the moment I am running 5k twice a week & doing Joe Wicks Hiit workouts 3 or 4 times a week, usually for 15-20 mins- usually one with light weights.

It’s not really doing much to my body shape so I assume I am not doing enough really -

Aibu to ask how much I should really be doing each week?

allthegoodusernameshavegone Tue 12-Mar-19 19:00:10

That’s quite a lot, but surely you know that

Bloomburger Tue 12-Mar-19 19:00:51

Are you watching what you eat?

Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 19:02:35

@allthegood is it a lot though? I don’t know- it doesn’t seem to be making a difference

Halloumimuffin Tue 12-Mar-19 19:03:02

That's plenty in terms of your fitness and health needs. How much you need to do to change your body shape depends on how much you eat, how active you are outside of exercise and what kind you do. Running can help you lose weight but not 'firm', so if you want to see results, maybe look at your diet to see where you can cut a few calories and prioritise resistance training workouts over running.

Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 19:03:38

@bloomburger yes, I am pretty healthy & track food etc on my fitness pal

Halloumimuffin Tue 12-Mar-19 19:04:09

The hiit workouts will be more effective but I would add in something with heavier weights and slower movements at least once a week. Do you work out at home?

Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 19:04:47

@halloumi yes, mostly- partly because I have no time otherwise

SurgeHopper Tue 12-Mar-19 19:05:30

What do you mean by pretty healthy?

formerbabe Tue 12-Mar-19 19:05:41

Stealth boast or what?!

Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 19:06:43

@formerbabe huh? No it’s not- I am asking a genuine bloody question

MollyD88 Tue 12-Mar-19 19:07:47

It won’t make any difference to your weight how much exercise you do if you don’t know how many calories you’re consuming.

I’m marathon training and running 40-50mile weeks plus 3x strength sessions. I historically always put on weight when marathon training (because I eat so much!) and lose it when my mileage is lighter. To me, what you’re doing isn’t a lot. To someone who walks round the block once a day, it’s loads. It’s all relative.

Exercise will eventually make the world of difference to your body shape but a) it takes time and b) you need to know what you’re eating if you want to lose weight.

Halloumimuffin Tue 12-Mar-19 19:08:27

For home workouts I would say get 2 or 3 extra weights of dumbbell and start doing more lifting type workouts. Fitness blender are really good and also have hiit and cardio mixed in to up the calorie burn.

hardyloveit Tue 12-Mar-19 19:08:47

80% diet 20% exercise that's how our body changes shape or loses weight!

If your doing ALL that exercise which seems a lot and your body isn't changing shape your either not eating correctly or you have only just started doing that amount of exercise

MollyD88 Tue 12-Mar-19 19:09:31

Sorry - just seen you’re using my fitness pal!

Make sure you’re logging EVERYTHING and keep at it - it might take months to see results but you will!

formerbabe Tue 12-Mar-19 19:09:39

You are doing plenty, but it takes a while to see changes from my own experience.

arkela Tue 12-Mar-19 19:09:41

Go heavy or go home! You need to up your weights to really see a difference in your physique. Light weights don't really do much at all (unfortunately!)

formerbabe Tue 12-Mar-19 19:11:37

What's your diet like? Diet plays the big role when it comes to losing weight. I used to exercise like crazy...think 7 or more, gym classes a week. Didn't lose any weight because I still ate the same.

Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 19:11:57

I have been using 1kg weights (!) so will up it to 2kg to see if that helps too

BIWI Tue 12-Mar-19 19:12:28

It sounds like plenty to me!

But the saying is 'you can't outrun your fork'

So what are you eating? If you're not seeing any difference with all that exercise, sounds like your diet/food needs to be looked at.

Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 19:13:58

@former I am nearly vegan in that I eat eggs but no dairy. I eat lots of fruit, veg, beans & pulses etc - I do love toast though grin so that probably doesn’t help

thatmustbenigelwiththebrie Tue 12-Mar-19 19:15:03

It depends. If you're sedentary the rest of the time then no, I don't think it's very much. But if you're otherwise quite active and walk places etc then I think it's ok.

BIWI Tue 12-Mar-19 19:15:10

If you're vegan you're probably eating a lot of carbohydrate, which won't be helping you. Sorry!

Mangetoutrodney Tue 12-Mar-19 19:15:16

Also eat quinoa, oats, tofu, rye bread etc etc

TheBiscuitStrikesBack Tue 12-Mar-19 19:15:22

It seems like a lot of “physical” activity but it won’t matter much if your diet isn’t bang on.

I think when people say go heavy they are meaning deadlifting / squatting your body weight....

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