Lose Weight by Running
Weight loss is a problem that plagues many people. It can be very hard trying to determine the best approach to tackle the problem so you need to think about this very seriously. Many diet pill companies promote specialized pills that aid weight loss and magically make the weight disappear. Unfortunately, these claims are false, and there is no easy way to lose weight.
The answer, however, is quite simple when it comes to slimming. Lots of aerobic exercise is the best way to shed those unwanted pounds and running can be one of the best exercises you can perform. This article will give you some ideas on how to utilize your running workouts to lose weight.
The first thing you need to do when preparing to start a new running program is to find a good pair of running shoes. Inexpensive shoes will never hold up to the constant wear and tear of a running regimen. You must be prepared to spend the money to get a good quality pair of running shoes. A good set of shoes will protect your feet and give you good balance while running. Wearing the wrong type of shoes could lead to knee and foot problems. A good quality shoe store will have trained salespeople who will be able to measure your feet and determine the exact size for you.
When starting a running program it is always important to set a schedule and stick to it. This is the only way you’ll be able to lose weight through running. Many people do not stick to their schedule and end up only exercising sporadically. You must have a routine which is set in stone and followed rigorously. To receive the best benefit from running you should try to run 3-4 times per week for at least 30 minutes.
You’ll be surprised how fast the pounds start disappearing if you can stick to a schedule. For those who like numbers, running for 30 minutes (average pace) can help you burn up to 365 calories (10 minutes /mile). If you exercise 12 times per month then this will save you 4380 calories which is 1 1/2 pounds.
Another important factor when running is wearing the appropriate outfit. This can actually be quite tricky depending on the season. When running outdoors in the winter it is easy to place too much clothing on which will end up causing you to overheat during your run once you are warmed up.
It is not easy to shed clothing and carry it with you while you’re running. You may have to dress lighter than you normally would and count on your body warming up after a few minutes into your run. Also, when running outdoors in the summer it is important to remember to apply sunscreen. Of course you can forget these problems by simply finding an indoor track to run on or even better finding a treadmill that will suite your needs.
A guest post by Alex C. Alex has a weight loss blog where he shares information on how to lose weight healthy and easy.