How often and how hard do I have to work out to maintain my current fitness level?
January 9, 2008 6:00 PM Subscribe
How often and how hard do I need to work out in order to maintain the level of aerobic fitness I have right now?
For about a year now, I've been working out for an hour (40 minutes of cardio plus 20 of strength training) about 4 times a week. During the last 6 weeks of 2007, I really stepped it up---about 8 hours a week instead of 4. I definitely noticed improvements just over those 6 weeks---by Dec. 31, the cardio was easier, I was able to finish all the strength sets using 8 lb. weights instead of 6 lb. ones, and I noticed increased muscle definition, especially in my arms and calves.
Unfortunately, I don't think I can really keep up that pace over the long term. It really took up a lot of my free time. For now, I'd like to hang on to the benefits I gained, but not spend so much time working out. What is the minimum I can do to maintain my existing level of fitness for a while until I feel ready to do another hardcore stint?