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Poll Asking How Many Minutes a Week Do You Exercise

How Many Minutes a Week Do You Exercise?

In 2001, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommended that overweight and obese people complete a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week to help improve their health and lose weight. That's about 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Now new research is saying that's not enough. Experts are now recommending at least 250 minutes a week, to help drop pounds and keep them off. That works out to 50 minutes a day, five days a week.

Whether you're trying to lose weight or just maintain your current weight, tell me . . .


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Loren02 Loren02 8 years
i work out at least 420 per week...and Jess8902 when i work out i don't want to eat anything either..all i want is a hot bath and a bottle of ice cold water!
mod16 mod16 8 years
6 days a week. 90 min each day.. so im going to say around 540 min a week
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
holy crap, most of you guys are hardcore!!!!!!! I just started working out 3 weeks ago, 4 times a week for about 40-60 minutes. So I probably log in 160-240 a week. I'm hoping to increase my stamina b/c I'm trying to drop a jean size.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i do my exercise moderately on average, 2-3 hours in a week (total) i hope i can increase it to 4-5 hours :D but sometimes i'm just too lazy
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I know!! I don't get it either.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
That's weird, Jess. The day after a long run I am STARVING and will eat anything that's not nailed down ;) ... I can only imagine how I'll feel after a 6 hr bike ride...
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I go on the treadmill an average of 60 min. a day.. usually I skip one day. And then one long cardio day at 90m. Plus strength 30 min 3x a week. I guess that puts me over 300 too. I just feel so much better when I'm that active. Plus it keeps me from being as hungry. Weird how that works.
bixmaschine bixmaschine 8 years
I go to the gym 3-5 times a week - about 5-6 hours total, and if it's not raining i commute an hour a day on a bicycle, and do my errands (including groceries!) on a bicycle. Definitely over 300, but it varies how much I go over.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i do a minimum of 150 minutes a week but there are lots of times that it's higher than that. i have a min requirement to myself to go to the gym every day during lunch for at least 30 minutes...and then most weeks i work out for at least an hour if not more on those days, and then it's 1-2 hours on the weekends ...
Spectra Spectra 8 years
audrina--well, judging from most of the answers on here, it seems like a LOT of people have enough time to fit in exercise. It's just a matter of priorities...I'm betting most people log WAY more than 250 minutes a week of TV or internet time.
bicyclebeth bicyclebeth 8 years
I would do about 800 a week, mainly cycling. I love every minute of it
ccwhite ccwhite 8 years
I'm pushing really hard to lose 20 pounds right now, so I'm exercizing 2 hours a day and logging about 600 minutes a week. I don't recommend this for anyone as I have no life right now besides sometimes seeing my boyfriend on the weekends! However, it's all so I can lose weight and run a half-marathon in May, so it's temporary suffering.
kneenuh87 kneenuh87 8 years
yeah, i'm more than 300 too. i have 2 60 minute training sessions per week (120 mins), i usually do 20 min warm ups (40 mins), and 2 times a week i do an hour of cardio, (120), and i do 1 budokon or yoga class a week with are usually 75 minutes. plus walking and any other exercise i feel like getting.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
I get about 10 hours a week. But I don't have to work or do anything else, so I have the time. Between hiking and classes at the gym, and some basketball refereeing...
audrina audrina 8 years
These new guidelines are CRAZY!!!!!! Noone has that amount of time to work out. It's not going to happen!
pamc pamc 8 years
totally over 700 a week. guess i'm not so normal after all ;-)
tracitegtman tracitegtman 8 years
I run 45 minutes 4 times a week, yoga 3 times a week (60 minutes each) and cardio barre an 1hr a week. Thats 420 a week! And I was telling myself I wasn't exercising enough!
nestingdolls nestingdolls 8 years
I used to work out everyday for an hour, sometimes more. so 7-9 hours a week. recently i've been too busy, but i WILL get back into it.
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
I run 50-60 miles a week which works out to 400 to 480 minutes a week (or up to 8hrs)...I run 7:30 to 8:00 miles for most of my easy miles. That doesn't include any strength training I do or pliates classes I take
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 8 years
Um, yeah, more than 300 here too.
Jaxoo Jaxoo 8 years
I try to go 6 - 7 times for about 70-80 minutes to the gym ... i do 20 mins of cardio warm up, followed by exercises for abs, then lunges / squats, then back to cardio for 10 mins, then exercises vor shoulders and arms, then another 10 min of cardio.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, we definitely need a higher category. I work out for around 2 hours a day, 6 days a week...sometimes more. I would say I probably work out 800+ minutes a week. I guess that's part of why I'm able to maintain my weight.
RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
Yeah, we totally need a higher category. I go to classes at the gym 4-5 days a week, and that's already 300 minutes of aerobic exercise! That doesn't include walking around town, track practice, or weekend activities.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
well, a 6 hr bike rie on saturay already beats 300 min ;)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I formally exercise three times a week. It comes to about 3-4 hours total.
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