Exercise! Love it or hate it, let's motivate each other to just DO IT!

Thread Tools
Old 01-25-2007, 06:10 PM   #1  
Learning To Fly...
Thread Starter
Trixie14's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 441

S/C/G: 307/Ticker/150

Height: 5'4

Default Time or Distance??

When using the treadmill (or any other exercise really that measures time and distance) should one focus more on the time they do the activity or the distance they cover doing that activity?
Trixie14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 06:15 PM   #2  
Senior Member
alinnell's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 10,765

S/C/G: 173/in progress/140ish

Height: 5'8"


On my Nordic Track, I judge by time because the little gauge that measures distance broke. When I walk, I also measure time, but only because I know I can walk the entire circuit in 1 hour 10 minutes, so I always try for that time (but when DH comes along, it takes longer than 1 hour 30 minutes!).
alinnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 07:18 PM   #3  
Resident Witchling
Nikaia's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In exile, in TN
Posts: 647

S/C/G: 198/190/140

Height: 5'7"


Time measures exactly that; distance, to me, seems to be more a way of measuring your intensity. I'd focus on time first, then worry about what distance you cover in that time later.
Nikaia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 07:31 PM   #4  
Moderating Mama
mandalinn82's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Woodland, CA
Posts: 11,712

S/C/G: 295/200/175

Height: 5' 8"


I read somewhere that the calories you burn walking/jogging are roughly the same for each distance...so for example, whether it takes you 30 min to run a certain distance, but an hour to walk it, you'll be burning the same number of calories either way, just spending more time.

Also, are you talking about physical health, or calorie burning purposes? Going faster (more distance/less time) gets your heart moving faster and is better for cardiovascular health and getting in shape. But in a technical sense, the calories burned is roughly the same.
mandalinn82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2007, 08:12 PM   #5  
Boston Qualifier and MOM
ennay's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Oregon
Posts: 6,346

Height: 5'3.75"


both - if you dont keep bumping the intensity up, eventually you will get less benefit from the workout. The fitter you get the faster you have to go to get the same benefit.

When I first started running, I was running outside, so I picked a distance that took me about 30 minutes to walk/jog and I kept doing it faster each day and when I could do it in 25 min, I picked a longer route that took me 35 min, etc.
ennay is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:50 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.