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How Long Is Your Typical Workout?

Yesterday, a few of you were shocked that fashion designer Marc Jacobs can spend upwards of three hours daily at the gym. He admits he's traded one addiction for another — booze and drugs for exercise.

Three hours at the gym is a luxury my busy life can't afford, but what about you?


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kristin-s kristin-s 8 years
My workout is usually 4 times a week, 30 minutes on the ET, 30 minutes for various strength exercises, and 30 minutes in the pool. I also do 30 minutes of yoga a day.
Lilybeth84 Lilybeth84 8 years
more than 60 minutes 5 days per week. Since I'm trying to lose weight I need to boost my cardio though!
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
For me it entirely depends on what sport I'm doing... I work out 6 days a week, but running usually between 30 and 90 mins, swimming between one and two hours, and biking three to four hours. When I'm really motivated, I do two in one day :)
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
30mins - 2 1/2 hours.. it varies - It varies depending on my daughter and how busy or how stressed I am at work - when I have a membership. (I have one right now but it is bloody clear across town.. my mother signed me up for it. I've been holding out for fall to get back into gear again and this new gym is being built right by my house that I'm so excited about.. meanwhile, I'm doing little extra things like running with my daughter in the backyard.. and I'm going to start more dancing/walking/specific-area(s)-toning again before the new gym opens.) I like to work out at least an hour to 2 1/2 hours when I'm on a role with it. There is something about AFTER the first hour where I really get into it because the adrenaline kicks in. It makes me not want to quit. (And I don't mind working out or hanging around/taking a few breaks at the gym for 2-3hours a day when it fits into my schedule. It gives me time to mess up or have more fun on occasion like MJ. Lately I've just been skipping this for that if I'm going to mess up my diet... not the healthiest thing to do.. but I have dropped 13lbs since I lightened up the carbs and quit the gym!)
Geminispoppy Geminispoppy 8 years
wow, i feel so lazy compared to everybody else! I usually do 45 min sessions of cardio 2 days a week, and then I do 2 days of fifteen min cardio and 30 min strength training. Honestly, if i do more than that i just start to feel really tired and then i start skipping workouts.
porkypocky porkypocky 8 years
40 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes ab work or weights, depending on what I feel like. Trying to throw some push-up sets in there because my upper body strength is...non-existent. :p
Little-Miss-Jay Little-Miss-Jay 8 years
For me it depends on the day. I walk to and from school which is 20 minutes each way, and then I spend 30 minutes on the treadmill, and then three times a week I do weight training. It has worked out well so far, I've lost 20 lbs. It also helps not having a car and walking everywhere; that way you burn calories without even really thinking about it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I usually spend a good 90 minutes twice a day working out...once before work and once after. It helps me to unwind and chill out. I don't think there's anything wrong with working out intensely; you just have to be sure you're eating enough to fuel yourself.
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
20 min treadmill 20 min stair master 20 min elliptical the wight training it got everything at home
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
An hour. A trainer told me that any longer than that was wasting my time.
car0linee<3 car0linee<3 8 years
car0linee<3 car0linee<3 8 years
I just started doing 30 minutes of speed walking at an incline on the treadmill, and I also do pilaties 3 times a week.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
90 minutes, usually. anything less than that, and i feel rushed. i can easily spend 2 hours on a relaxed day, but i think i stretch a lot longer than the average person.
Tassie Tassie 8 years
I said one hour, which is normally 5-6 days a week. It can be swimming, tennis, yoga, cardio followed by weights, or maybe a shorter run. I didn't include the 30-60 minutes of walking the dog each day, because I consider that too slow, and more part of a healthy lifestyle rather than working out as such.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I do 20 or 30 minutes on the elliptical 4 or 5 days a week...I also eat far I've lost 22 pounds in 3 months, so it must be working!
dkaufmann125 dkaufmann125 8 years
am hour not counting the 20 minutes it takes to walk there and 20 to walk back. but I do mostly weights and stregnth training and 20 minutes of cardio
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
Right now i am injured (again) so i am only doing 30 minutes - and i only do that to keep up the habit of getting up and going to the gym. Normally, and hopefully starting again next week, I do 45-60 minutes 3-4 times a week, and then 75-90 minutes 2-3 times a week.
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
I do a 1-hour pilates class 3 times a week. It's 30 minutes matwork and 30 minutes reformer. I also don't have a car so I walk for a total of 45-60 minutes every day. I take my hat off to everyone with the willpower to do 2 hours of exercise a day.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 8 years
i do weight training, and from some research i heard about done on athletes, i was told that 45 min is optimum lifting time for any muscle group. anything more tended to not give better performance, and anything extreme tended to have a negative effect, even producing a hormone that can make muscles become smaller. i think the key is to have a rested and balanced mind, rested body, and also be well fed and nourished. stop looking around at what others are doing, and trying to match them, just get to know your body and mind, and see what habits need change. i am positive anyone who eats well, and exercises regularly for 3 years constantly will drastically change in fitness level and appearance. i mean when i gained weight and became obese, it took years of neglect and bad habits to get there, yet i made small changes and built on them over time, and now i am fit one year later, and i won't pat my own back until i can say that i have 3 years straight of eating well and exercise under my belt. i have no intention of quiting a healthy lifestyle ;) just remember.. there are no quick fixes in life when it comes to being healthy. either you live healthy, or you don't, and doing quick changes to your body is not healthy at all.
mbrooke11 mbrooke11 8 years
i usually do 60 minutes of cardio, followed by 35 minutes of weights and strength training, and then cool down and stretch for about 20 minutes. If i have time I like to throw in some minutes in the sauna, only if time permits!
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
Always 30 minutes. I'd rather do high intensity intervals on the treadmill / elliptical or do some intense bootcamp type workout (circuit training) than go over 30 minutes. Plus that's something I can squeeze in everyday. I don't see myself doing 45min to an hour long workouts, I get far too bored and have other important things I have to fit into my day too!
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
45 min. to an 1 hour, depending on what I'm doing. Usually closer to an hour if it's weight day and closer to 45 minutes for cardio workouts.
FoxyJo FoxyJo 8 years
At least 1 hour 4x's a week. I used to be at the gym Mon-Fri for 2 hours. Now that I have finally reached my goal weight my biggest task now is to maintain. :) It wouldn't hurt to spend more time working out but I'm proud of myself for just getting my butt to the gym after 8 hrs of work! ;)
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
2 hours: 10 minutes of stretching 35 minutes of elliptical 30 minutes of weights 35 minutes of elliptical or bike 10 minutes of stretching
javsmav javsmav 8 years
Right now it's great because I'm not very busy with work. My weekday runs are 30 min to around an hour. Spinning classes are 45 minutes. Some days I add a second evening or lunch time workout and do weights & abs or yoga for another hour. Then on the weekend I have my long run which lasts 2 to 3 1/2 hours--but that's only during marathon training. I usually don't go farther than 10 miles when I'm not training. And if I get busy at work, I usually can't fit in 2 workouts--it's hard enough with the one.
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