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How much exercise a week do you do ( and do you see the results?)

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Tiredemma Sat 31-Aug-19 10:56:23

I have recently hit that stage in my life where food appears to be literally sticking to my arse, belly and hips and I can just feel the weight gradually creeping on.
I have run a couple of half marathons over the past few years but my training is hit and miss and I have to be really strict with myself to get out and run.

Last week I purchased monthly membership for a local keep fit group and plan to do 4 classes a week plus my runs. My week should look like this if I am strict with myself.

Monday - 5 k run before work
Tuesday - clubbercise class ( 1hr) followed straight after with 45 mins kettlebells class
Wednesday- 30 min HIIT class followed by 45 mins fitness Pilates
Thursday- rest
Friday - 5 k run before work
Saturday - long run gradual up to about 10 miles as have a HM coming up.
Sunday - rest

I imagine a huge chunk of how I look physically boils down to junk I'm consuming. I suppose I'm asking if those who do exercise, how frequent do you do it and does it "show" ?

MythicalBiologicalFennel Sat 21-Sep-19 09:22:34

I meant 30 minutes not 30 hours blush grin

thenewaveragebear1983 Sat 21-Sep-19 09:32:20

I do a 5/6/7 km run on Monday and Tuesday, a 1hr circuits class on Tuesday pm, a long run (12-15k) on a Thursday, bootcamp on Saturday, long run on a Sunday, totalling around 35-40km a week and 2 hours hiit. I do around 16-18k steps a day on average.

Do I feel it? I feel it if I don't do it as it affects my emotional well-being quite rapidly if I don't run. I'm resting an injury at the moment and I feel awful. I haven't got the balance right at the moment though and my diet has gone to ruins. Without a doubt it's the diet that affects how I look more than the exercise, but the two go alongside each other for me really.

Iblinkedandiamold Sat 21-Sep-19 18:21:15

At the moment I exercise 5 days a week. Monday treadmill running for half an hour, followed by half an hour of excersise following a video in the gym. The thread mill running is in a pod thing hard to explain but they say it's the same as running for 1.5/2 hrs on a fairly level road.
Tuesday running club. 5/6 km. But my bootcamp starts back next Tuesday so will trade running for that. Wednesday more thread mill running, excersise depending on how I am feeling.
Thursday another 5 or 6 km with club
Friday rest but will be replaced with bootcamp next week
Saturday 5k park run.
Sunday rest, but if weather is nice I will go for a walk with my mum in the forest near us followed by a cuppa.

I was seeing results when I was strict with myself with my diet.
Now I run and excersise because my diet is rubbish so no, I am not seeing the results I should for the excerise I am doing but mentally yes I am seeing the benefits. I feel great.

SimonJT Sat 21-Sep-19 18:35:16

This is my schedule (each session is an hour)

Monday weights back/shoulders
Tuesday insanity (interval training)
Wednesday weights arms/chest
Thursday insanity
Friday weights abdomen/legs/bum
Saturday 5k run
Sunday in an actual gym so resistance training, deadlifting etc

I’m also doing the press up and squat challenge, I’m on day 87 of the press up challenge and 33 of squat which I do before bed.

In the week I do it in the morning before work. I do have a very good diet which does make the results more visible, but if my diet or exercise slips it is noticable fairly quickly.

AntennaReborn Sat 21-Sep-19 18:41:18

I train roughly 7h a week, 3 x 2h powerlifting and 1h dumbbell / cable machine accessories. No cardio.

I am organised with my food (take lunches to work etc) and I keep a close eye on my macros

It works. I look much better at 40 than I did at 20 and I am much healthier.

I can see the top half of my abs, my arms are super toned, and the cellulite on my legs is gradually disappearing. I am wearing shorts again!

EmmiJay Sat 21-Sep-19 18:53:11

Worlds laziest weight lifter here grin I do weights three times a week. My cardio is power walking everywhere in the area blush My diet is eat heavy in the morning and not after 5/6pm. I've lost 4st over 2yrs and ended up with a very toned top and bottom half and decent middle which I don't mind at all.

dementedma Sat 21-Sep-19 18:54:01

Bloody hell, you all do.loads. i swim a couple of times a week and think Im doing well. Where on earth do you all find the time, money and motivation?

FearOfTheDuck Sat 21-Sep-19 20:26:58

I do an hour of powerlifting three times a week, and sometimes fit in a half-hour core class when I can. I walk a lot.

At the moment, how I look is affected far more by my diet than exercise - I'm getting stronger, but my muscles are still hidden by a big layer of fat! I calorie count, and have a goal for protein intake but make up the rest of the calories with anything I want. I'm only losing 2 or 3lbs a month, but it's sustainable and I don't feel hungry all the time.

Iblinkedandiamold Sat 21-Sep-19 20:34:13

For me, the running club I do is free,
My bootcamp class is cheap and P.A.Y G.
The gym thing was a Christmas present as I had said I wanted to try it but it was too much money. Once my sessions are used I wont go back.
My family is grown up and I work from 7.45 to 4.45. So I have the evenings. I dont know how people with young children do it though.
I had to wait till mine till mine had grown up to do it. grin

CostaLotta Sat 21-Sep-19 20:38:22

I go to the gym for 60-90 minutes on my weekdays off, which is 3-4 days a week. I do a bootcamp on Saturday morning and run (5k usually) on Sunday morning. I try to walk as much as possible too. I eat a lot so I don't lose weight but I'm slim and have toned arms and legs. My stomach is a bit pouchy but I had 2 kids and lost 3 stone afterwards, plus I eat a lot of chocolate so I doubt it will ever be flat again.

Leftielefterson Sat 21-Sep-19 20:42:03

I go to spin 4-5 times a week, run 1-2 times a week and try and get a long cycle in one day on the weekend. I am definitely starting to see the results.

Ithinkwerealonenowtiffany Sat 21-Sep-19 21:54:14

I only run and walk.

This week:

Sunday: 17 miles run. Then a 3 mile walk in the evening.
Monday: 3 mile walk.
Tuesday: 2.7 mile walk with DH. Was too slow so went for a 3 mile walk with my head torch at my usual fast pace.
Wednesday: 10k run.
Thursday: 3 mile walk.
Friday: 10k with run club.
Today: 6 mile walk.
Tomorrow: 20 mile run

Ithinkwerealonenowtiffany Sat 21-Sep-19 21:55:35

Oh i have amazing calves and thighs! Im petite and always have been. She only difference i see is the amount of muscle I have

lousummerfie Tue 24-Sep-19 09:13:06

I have an active job,and apart from that do 2 hours a week but it's weights not cardio. It's meant to be 30 percent exercise and 70 percent diet but who knows!,weights work for me and change my body shape much more than cardio ever did- however cardio was good to increase my fitness levels,but i would think a mix of the 2 would be best?

cjbertie Tue 15-Oct-19 16:48:26

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