Running and Weight Loss

When people think of ways to lose weight, running and weight loss are usually two words that go together. People see fit marathoners and track athletes and assume that running and weight loss are synonymous. However, the truth is that focusing only on low stress, aerobic training is not the best way to lose weight. In order to achieve your weight loss goals, you need to incorporate some sort of interval training.

Interval training involves repeated short bursts of hard exercise with rest periods. Interval training coupled with sufficient rest intervals allows you to expose your body to high-intensity bouts of exercise over a sustained period of time. The intensity of interval training helps recruit new muscle fibers better than slow aerobic running, which will, in turn, boost your weight loss capability.

The best way to interval train on the run is to use the fartlek workout. This workout allows you to mix fast-paced with slow-paced in a manner tailored to your individual needs.

Outside of running, runners who are focused on weight loss should also consider incorporating resistance training into their workout plans. Combining fast-paced, small rest exercises, such as crunches, push-ups, squats, and lunges can help jump start fat burning and are a great complement to running.


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