Sunday, May 7, 2023

The Benefits of Running for Weight Loss

The Benefits of Running for Weight Loss

Are you looking to lose weight? Running can be a great way to achieve your weight loss goals. According to the American Council on Exercise, running burns more calories per minute than many other forms of exercise, making it a great way to burn fat and lose weight.

Running can also help increase your metabolism, which can help you burn more calories even when you're not exercising. Plus, running can help you build lean muscle, which can further improve your body composition. But, here's the thing...not all running is the same. This is where I probably upset a lot of runners and even some fitness coaches...

Going out for a long run, or an easy run like most people do will help you lose weight. To a point. Eventually, you'll plateau.However, if you really want to see that afterburn effect mentioned above you really need to add speedwork to your training plan. 

Speedwork is running's version of a HIIT workout (High Intensity Intervals).  In addition to speedwork, hill sprints will build muscle giving you that afterburn effect as well. Look at your average 5K runner and even average marathoners. You see a lot of people with some extra weight. Please don't get me wrong. They are exercising and doing great. I don't want to take anything away from them or their efforts. With that said, I would be willing to bet, that the runners that are slimmer are the ones that have speedwork and hill sprints as part of their training plan. 

As a running coach, I can help you develop a personalized running plan that is designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Let's work together to create a plan that works for you.

Next week, we’ll wrap up our series by examining how running can help you live longer.

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