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What is a normal amount of exercise?


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Because I think my perception is skewed.

Normal for me is 2 hours of swimming 6x a week and weights 2-3x a week for 45 minutes. 

In those two hours of swimming 5000-7000yards is accomplished. 

Anything less seems abnormal and anything more means training season. This is just off season :/ I don't have a life outside of the school and pool. Is this really that excessive?

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For me it would be excessive.  I have 4 kids and 2 part time jobs.  If I can get in 4-6 hrs a week I am doing good!

It all depends on your goals if you are fueling your body properly and giving it enough rest time.  Everyone is different.

one hour of exercise a day is sufficient for most people, but if you are training for a sport it may be fine.  personally I'd do one of of full body weight llfting 3 times a week and swim 3 times a week and complete rest one day a week.

Also as tina said be sure to fuel those workouts.

I think it is excessive if you aren't currently training.

I feel bad because no one else on the team is doing workouts right now... at all. I took about a month off after the season ended and I'm the only one back in the pool and on the boards (swim and dive... I do both). In season training is easily 3x the amount I'm doing right now. 

Original Post by melodic:

Because I think my perception is skewed.

Normal for me is 2 hours of swimming 6x a week and weights 2-3x a week for 45 minutes. 

In those two hours of swimming 5000-7000yards is accomplished. 

Anything less seems abnormal and anything more means training season. This is just off season :/ I don't have a life outside of the school and pool. Is this really that excessive?

One negative thing that sometimes rears its ugly head is burn-out.  If you can avoid having that happen, you have to decide for yourself if you are exercising too much.  "Listen" to you body.  If it is suggesting for you to cut back, then do that.

I don't think what you are doing is "excessive."  However, if you find that you are  not enjoying it, it probably is excessive.

Now, being old, I spend a lot of time walking and spinning, etc. But even in my 20's and 30's, when I added up playing tennis, pick-up basketball, strength-training, jogging, yard work, etc. -- I might be "exercising" 2-4 hours daily.

I don't find my 3 hours of "exercising" now and didn't find my exercising then as being excessive. 

Enjoy your life!  Socializing is important, too.

 

I've exercised up to 5 hrs in a day. There is no "normal" or "abnormal" amount of exercise you can do. As long as you stay healthy and you can maintain healthy relationships with family/friends and take care of things such as work/school/etc then you have nothing to worry about.

I guess. Right now I kinda hate all the time in the pool but I can at least get through it. It's bearable. I'd rather spend those hours in the pool than on the treadmill and I still get a really good workout with some of the sprint and distance sets I do. 

I walk on the treadmill in the mornig for 1 hour at 3.7 miles an hour and go the gym for an hour at 11A.M where I use the treadmill for 15 minutes at 3.6 miles an hour and the arc trainer for 10 minutes befor I do my weight traing. I go the the gym everyday but sunday. I walk in the afternoon weather pemitting I go for 45 mis to an hour at about 3.5 miles an hour/ I feel great. I just turned 71 in March and am now one year cancer free.

Original Post by melodic:

I guess. Right now I kinda hate all the time in the pool.

Is it really necessary to spend this much time in the off season?  If you are maintaining a healthy weight and don't need to burn all those cals and aren't in training, I don't know why you can't cut that back.  Otherwise you might find yourself "burned out" when it's time to get serious again and up your training again.

Sounds to me like you are not really enjoying this so yea, I'd say it's excessive right now :(

morning Jaysfan,

   It a blessing you are cancer fee and happy to hear that. My dad had throat cancer years ago and was fine form the age of 62 to 78 before he moved on.. I am 73 years old have copd and chf. just went off meds because of side effects lost 6 pds so far, and feel great. only been walking once in a while, but will get there.  having a difficult time moving around this site, but will get it slowly.funny when I was young sure good mutitaskl (as the kids cal it now a days) now have to do something right away or I forget. lol  can someone be tagged so i can find them again if they want to share? thanks, have a great day

before i got injured i worked out like 3-5 hours a day. Now only like 1-3 haha.

'Normal' is probably 3-4 hours per week of exercise.  I'm not 'normal' as far as exercise is concerned either, at least not for the past several months.  You don't necessarily have to be 'normal', but just know the risks of exercising so much.  You may tend to place too little importance on some other things in life.   If you get rest days when you are ill or really sore, you should do well.   Watch out for burn out, too.

A person who exercises a lot has a good passion, although it is possible to overdo anything.  Some people have other obsessions or passions that are very self-destructive.  You picked a good one because it builds you up.

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