The Truth Behind Running

If your goal is to lose weight, do not put all your eggs in the running basket. What you may not realize is how lazy the body can be. Your body is constantly looking for ways to make things easier to conserve energy. Unless you are running heavy intervals you shouldn’t expect to burn much more calories than you would on a brisk walk. During a run your body goes into a kind of auto pilot mode. It isn’t up to you, but there are ways you can combat it.

If you want to lose weight and running is your thing move at about 70% of your top speed as long as you can then slow it back down to a comfortable walk. Allow your heart rate to decrease to a slower rate and once it has, repeat this until you have reached your goal distance or until you become too fatigued to continue. If your in decent shape already try 30-60s. 30 seconds of all out sprinting then 60 seconds at a slow walk. Once you can reach 10 intervals of 30-60s then you can move up to 60-120s. As long as your heart is as much into a good diet as it is into your exercise you will find that this method will accelerate you to your goals much quicker than a normal run. Same with your overall performance.

The reason you should run at a constant pace is to increase your cardiovascular and muscle endurance. If your goal is to run long distances than this is fine for you. Including intervals once a week in your running routine will help increase your pace. You will also notice a dramatic increase in your overall mood and health. Naturally, our bodies are built for endurance and resistance. Otherwise we are susceptible to health issues such as:

  • coronary heart disease.
  • high blood pressure.
  • stroke.
  • metabolic syndrome (including obesity and abnormal blood cholesterol levels)
  • type 2 diabetes.

Watch The Fat Melt Away With HIIT

hiit-benefits-mainAs long as you are on a proper diet (I cannot stress the importance of a proper diet enough) HIIT training or “High-Intensity Interval Training” should be your main fitness related focus for losing weight. HIIT involves constant movement and multiple high-intensity workouts to keep your body guessing and not allowing it to fall into autopilot mode. Maximizing the amount of potential fat burned in a shorter duration of time.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with running. I run three times a week, but if you are doing so simply to lose weight you are playing the long game. Avoid the frustration and look up some HIIT exercises that you can perform and capitalize on every minute spent working out!


Independent Writer & Certified Personal Trainer

Samuel McKeown