Weight Loss Tips For Runners
Weight Loss Tips For RunnersWeight loss is always a hot topic in Western culture. We have become a sedentary people, and our bodies have suffered; therefore, we’re swamped with new weight loss programs, pills, supplements, diets, and exercise routines. Many people, however, are going back to the basics. They’re looking into and beginning a running routine because of the health benefits and fitness advantages. There are some facts, however, that should be noted before beginning a routine as a runner.
How does running lead to weight loss?Losing weight with running is not as easy as it sounds. Many people are surprised to find out that running for weight loss takes careful calculation of nutritional intake, as well as strenuousness and length of the running. Additionally, using other exercises to maximize the benefit of running is necessary to build appropriate muscle strength.
How to maximize weight loss and runningExperts agree that the best and most efficient way to lose weight is by calorie reduction, no matter what exercise routine is used. This, in addition to a varied training program to include muscle building/strengthening and different types running will be the key to success. Cutting out 300-500 calories a day (going no lower than 1200) is the first step. Next, add a couple of full-body strengthening workouts weekly to build more muscle mass and burn more fat during running. For running, alternate between fast, fat-burning runs (reaching 65% of maximum heart rate), sprint interval running using incline treadmill or mountain running, and easy runs at a comfortable pace for 20 to 45 minutes. Remember to take one day off a week for recuperation.
Why beginner runners sometimes gain weight rather than lose It would make sense that the harder the workout, the faster the weight loss; however, working harder means the body will be hungrier and use more energy. It’s easy to fall into the trap of a mindset that says you can eat more because you are working out more.
Here are a couple of mistakes beginning runners make that make them gain weight instead of lose it:
- Ari Vinograd, CEO, Wise Choice Health, Inc
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