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How Long Is Your Typical Cardio Session?

Whether you like to get your heart pumping and burn calories by biking, running, walking, swimming, or hiking, I want to know . . .


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Defense7778 Defense7778 8 years
I'm 54 year old male and I have been riding a recumbent bicycle for three years but before that I played recreational basketball games but due to a bad knee and ankle I had to quit. My normal routine riding is 12 miles 4 days or 40 minutes and on saturdays and sundays I ride 22-30 miles or about an hour an half. I have been able to maintain my weight the last three years around 184 pounds. My problem was my diet was high in sugar,processed foods,baked goods plus I love to eat at nite all nite which resulted in high blood pressure and frequent heartburn. Six weeks ago I decided to change my eating habits to eating only fresh fruits (smoothies),fish,vegtables and chicken.I don't eat deserts or fast food anymore at all plus my eating at nite has ceased.To this date I have no more heart burn,tons more energy,flat out jsut feel better and the best thing is I have lost almost 14 pounds.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
96 - 120 minutes a day baby - EVERY SINGLE MORNING!
nlw nlw 9 years
I try to do a minimum of 30 and if I can squeeze in 45, even better. Only problem is that I have to exercise in the morning and if I'm going to get in 45 min it means getting up at 4:30 so that I have enough time to get kids ready for the day, as well as myself. Ugh, it's so hard sometimes....
geohiker geohiker 9 years
It never feels like I'm doing a huge amount of cardio, but I ride my bike at least 100 miles a week; peddling 50 or 75 miles at a time takes a few hours - but it's fun, so it does not feel like I'm "exercising" for five or six hours at a time! :)
emperatriche emperatriche 9 years
i try to get in 40 mins. five times a week. i'm beginning this gym routine thing and hope to increase it to 60 and beyond eventually. I enjoy zoning out on a treadmill, so it doesnt really get boring. And if it does, I just increase the level.
erinmarie erinmarie 9 years
if i got to the gym i do about 20 or 30 minutes of Cardio, but twice a week i go to a spin class and that is straight cardio for an hour. Spin is the best thing in the world!!
staticnoise staticnoise 9 years
cardio at the gym is mostly 40 to 60 minutes. but when i do outdoor cardio ike running or skating i need more time. but i hope to get faster ;)
Mmmarshmallow Mmmarshmallow 9 years
It depends on what I'm doing - when I'm running or swimming, I focus on distance, and it takes however long it takes. I'm currently running about 6km at the moment, and it's taking me about 45mins, and I'm swimming about 2km, which takes me the same amount of time. However, if I'm doing fitness classes, I tend to do them back-to-back, so can easily chalk up 120 minutes+. If I'm training, the workouts are shorter. If I'm having fun with my classes, the workouts are longer.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
At least 30 right now.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I put in at least an hour, 6 days a week but usually it's 90 minutes or so. And I do weights 3 or 4 days a week as well
underyourwaves underyourwaves 9 years
Depends on what I'm doing. If it's spinning, 30-45 minutes. If it's running... hahahaha, 20 minutes if I'm lucky. ;P
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I do 45 min, 6 days a week.
ahaynes ahaynes 9 years
Does anyone know what the "norm" is for a good cardio workout?
Sillyyank03 Sillyyank03 9 years
I usually do an hour of cardio in the gym (I'm still on PT after a half-marathon, so it's mainly on the bike or elliptical), but I also commute to work via bike - so that adds an extra 40 minutes (10 miles) to my daily tally.
Sw33tPrincess Sw33tPrincess 9 years
Umm yeahhh. Only 10 minutes of running. Then I do about 30 minutes of fast walking!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
About 45mns.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I don't think I could do two hours a day of cardio/workout... thats like 1/12 of your life doing exercise.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
I'm currently doing a 28 minute HIIT program on the stair mill. It definitely does the trick. Puddles of sweat and breathless throughout much of it. As long as I have good music on the iPod, I'm good to go. On Sundays, I do a 90 minute spin class. I'll admit that is becoming a bit of the an zzz-fest because the instructor has not changed up his routine or music. I also remind myself during cardio how great all those endorphins will feel after exercise.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
I do 35 minutes when I run outside, but I'm working on increasing my speed, so that's as long as I can take! It does getting boring. Ha to KristenGrrenbaum saying "DREADMiLL" instead of "treadmill." HAHAHAHAA.
The-FBGs The-FBGs 9 years
I'm just about in the norm! After warming up and cooling down, I'm usually just at or over 40 minutes.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
It differs for me. Two days a week I do an hour and 2 days a week I do between 30 mins.
imcs imcs 9 years
Regularly I'm in capoeira 1.5 to 2 hrs. that's three days a week. But if I do cardio on my own, it can vary between 30-45 minutes or 45 minutes to an hour, depending on what I'm doing and how I feel :) But - hey! props out there to anyone that is even moving, and to thouse that are starting at 5 minutes now... Great job & Keep it up!!!!
neonbee neonbee 9 years
Anywhere between 30 to 40 minutes, but my whole workout can last for almost two hours.
lolababy575 lolababy575 9 years
I'm biking for and hour and a half to two hours seven days a week at the very least and whenever I can fit in a few extra miles running I will. For me though, it's not always about length so much as intensity - I can run for 45 minutes or so no problem, but it's steady and boring. I have a lot more fun building up my pace every lap eventually hitting a sprint at the end of every mile then taking it down to a jog for a lap or two then doing it again. Or when my ADD is really bad I run some laps then do squats, run more, abs, run more, upper body, etc. I need variety!
lizs lizs 9 years
45-60 min most days, no less than 30...gotta let the work stress out somehow.
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