How Long Should I Work Out Every Day?
I’m not sure if you’re really up to answering questions… I recently discovered your site, and have begun to read through the blog. It’s all really inspirational to say the least. I have decided that I need to change my lifestyle and start working on my weight… I actually was on Google searching for information on “heavier people working out”, and how to start when I discovered your blog. I’m currently approx. 400 pounds (haven’t weighed myself either for a couple months).
Here’s the question (I know you’re not a doctor). So far it seems like you limit yourself to a set amount of time per day 45 mins – 1 hour working out. Is that a good time? Or if you had more time in the day, would you work out longer?
My ideal workout in a gym setting (as in not burning calories playing basketball, dancing with my little girl, etc) is 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week. 60 minutes allows me to lift weights for about 25 minutes and cardio for a solid 30.
It’s all a question of value and sustainability.
If I could workout 90 minutes or longer one day, would I? Maybe, if I had nothing else to do and nobody to go back home to (like my wife and two kids). But that’s not the case. There’s no problem with working out 90 minutes or two hours a day, the real problem is thinking have you to workout for that long.
Unless it’s a rare occasion and you’re bored, I’d advise against it.
My wife showed me a recent article about Matthew McConaughey’s weight loss for a role he’s playing. He mentioned in the interview that his weight loss came down to “90% diet.” As he says in the article, and as I’ve said on the blog many times, it just comes down to value. You can eat a Snickers bar for nearly 300 calories in 5 minutes, but it’ll take 30 minutes to burn that off on the treadmill.
It’s just easier not to eat the Snickers unless it’s part of your normal daily calories.
Ultimately, to answer the common question of “How long should I workout every day?,” I think that you should plan to workout today for however long you believe you can keep working out on a daily basis two years from today. If you don’t think you can run on the treadmill for two hours almost every weekday for the next two years, don’t make it part of your plan to lose weight today. Start a routine that you can stick with — 30, 45, or 60 minutes a day.