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Is 20 minutes of exercise okay? - October 29th 2017, 01:18 PM

I'm trying to lose some weight, I'm not like overweight but I just want to lose a bit...it's just a goal I have. I also want to get fitter/work on my flexibility. Additionally, I want to work as a hospital orderly/ward assistant specifically in the area of oncology and you need to have upper body strength for the job in order to lift patients (in and out of bed or the shower, that sort of thing). I'm studying next year and the course takes 12-18 months to complete, it's not mandatory to study but I'd rather have the extra skills. I do cardio, yoga to improve the flexibility, weightlifting and I also use an elliptical machine and treadmill. So usually I do 30 minutes, sometimes a bit more if I feel up to it...I have way too much nervous energy so I try and burn it off this way But sometimes I just feel worn out so I only go to 20 minutes. Today, I did my strength training as well as cardio but by the 20 minute mark, I felt totally exhausted. But I feel like I didn't do anything. Not physically, of course but mentally...is 20 minutes enough? Obviously, I don't do so little everyday. I only recall doing 20 minutes once before but I still feel bad
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Re: Is 20 minutes of exercise okay? - October 29th 2017, 06:44 PM

30 minutes is preferred but early this year I talked to an trainer and he said that he knows that not everyone can commit to 30 minutes and so he mentioned people could do less as long as the exercises were high impact etc.

He also emphasized switching of the type of exercise you do.

So, 20 could be enough it just depends on the type of exercise you do.

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Re: Is 20 minutes of exercise okay? - October 30th 2017, 12:16 AM

I agree with the above but just wanted to add that it can help to pay attention to your body as well. As long as you are performing the exercises correctly, then a good workout is likely to cause some discomfort. But you don't want to overdo it, so if you feel worn out, then it's best to listen to your body.

I think 20-30 minutes is good anyway

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Re: Is 20 minutes of exercise okay? - October 30th 2017, 12:43 AM

So before I begin here's the disclaimer: I'm not a doctor or trainer, my advice is based on research and/or personal workout stuff.

If you want to build strength, first thing is reduce chronic cardio. By that I mean don't go for a 30 minute run. Rather do 10-15 minutes of HIIT. Builds muscle much better.

Further, I personally am very against cardio and weight training on the same day. I personally find it creates a huge level of fatigue, and doesn't seem to give a huge level of benefit. If I were you, I would break it up. Do weights 3-4 times a week, HIIT 2 times a week and chronic cardio 1 day. (That is obviously an example; but what I do personally).

Also, 20 minutes is fine if your body can't handle it. I've had days I've hit the gym (normally i do an hour at least), and left in like 10 minutes because I got dizzy or something. It is really a listening game. Learn to seperate what I like to call "complaining" of your body, its lazy and will grumble when you work out; from genuine fatigue/injury. 20 minutes because you were not feeling great is fine. I'm just gonna say it again: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

Something that you haven't mentioned but I think is important is diet. You need to eat enough to get the strength and stamina to get through your workout and see results. So if your diet is crap, its gonna be not so good. In the same breath getting enough rest is very very important; helps your muscles heal and get stronger.

So the TL;DR is: Break your workout up if you can between cardio and weight training and get enough rest+good food. AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

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Re: Is 20 minutes of exercise okay? - November 11th 2017, 05:12 AM

20 minutes is better than nothing. My mum is a fitness specialist and she said that if you do HIIT for 20 minutes, it is better than 2 hours in the gym.
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