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As many of you know, I am on maternity leave with my baby right now, and doing almost all of my workouts on the treadmill or stationary bike. I try to run while baby is napping, but it doesn't always work out that way. On some days, he sits in the bouncy seat and watches me. Occasionally I have to take frequent breaks in order to put his pacifier back in, feed him, give him attention, etc. The breaks last from 15 seconds to 5 minutes.<br><br>
What am I losing physiologically by taking frequent breaks throught a workout? Is it still worth it to exercise for an hour (not including breaks) than to exercise more vigorously without breaks for 30 minutes?<br><br>
I will confess that my main goal right now is to lose weight/improve my figure. I'll be more concerned about strength, endurance and speed later on in the year.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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As long as you get your 30 minutes in overall (including breaks) I think you are getting a good workout in.<br><br>
You are doing the best you can under the circumstances
 

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Jebba- I'm going to go with less vigor, more time, don't feel that the breaks are "costing" you. Some day you will miss them <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> .<br><br><br>
I remember one day being on the treadmill and wondering why the boys didn't have a fight to break-up because I was bored. "mommy, we didn't want to interrupt, we know you get mad when you have stop running"<br><br><img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> I did always start my workout saying "now behave, I don't want to get off this treadmill for an reason"
 

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Just admit it, you're Gallowalking. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
You're getting the same calorie expenditure as if you lumped all the shorter sessions together. For your current goal, you're doing fine! When you want to work on a specific fitness benefit or train again, you might have to get creative or change your workout times to be able to go longer w/o breaks.
 
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