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Running For Weight Loss: Workout Modules And Extra Tips

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Running For Weight Loss: Workout Modules And Extra Tips

When we decide we need to lose weight, many of us immediately strap on our running shoes and head out the door. When it comes to burning off extra calories, running is an excellent option. In fact, the average 150-pound person can burn off around 100 calories per mile!

While running for weight loss is very effective, there are a few things you need to know to take full advantage of its fat-burning capabilities. The following running tips will help you achieve the greatest weight loss results.

If you want to know more about weight loss, you can’t miss the following article that provides all useful tips you need:

Weight Loss Plan And Program: Create Your Own One

Clean Up Your Diet And Strike A Caloric Balance

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    The single most influential factor for weight management is diet. Controlling the number of calories you consume will help you to set your body up for weight loss — or weight gain if you’re not careful!

    Running for weight loss is an excellent way to torch through fat and burn calories, but only if you strike the right balance — i.e. calories in versus calories out. Here are a few of the steps you should take.

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    1. Clean up your diet using nuts, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources.
    2. Create a food log and track what you are eating.
    3. Measure your weight changes weekly and establish a baseline.
    4. Gradually taper down your intake until you are losing half a pound per week.

    Fuel Yourself For Performance And Recovery

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      Not all calories are created equal. Since you’re going to be pushing yourself physically, it’s even more crucial to choose nutritious whole foods.

      After workouts, your metabolism will be pumping and muscles gasping for replenishment. Fuel yourself with carbohydrates to restore muscle energy stores, protein to repair muscles, and fluids to rehydrate.

      Running for Weight Loss: 3 Workout Modules

      Mix up your schedule with these three types of workouts to maximize your fat-burning power. Using all three will burn through a heap of calories, keep your metabolism boosted, and preserve vital muscle mass.

      1. Fat-Scorching Runs

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        Switch your body to fat-burning overdriven by running at a steady pace which is approximately 65% of your maximum heart rate. If you don’t have a pulse reader handy, aim for 5/10 on the effort scale.

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        Aim to keep your pace and heart rate fixed at this optimal level. Progress by pushing the duration to burn more calories.

        Start with an empty stomach and avoid consuming sports drinks/gels during your run. This will force the body to use your fat as an energy source. Refuelling once the run is complete is still essential for optimal recovery.

        2. Interval Sprints

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          Sprints are great for both cutting through fat and building stronger muscles. These short intense intervals will burn a heap of calories and spike your metabolism long after the run is done!

          You need to get your heart rate pumping high, at about 9/10 on the intensity scale. Sprint for a set duration, return to a walking pace to allow the heart rate to normalize, sprint again, and repeat.

          Try not to slow down before the end of each interval. Otherwise, you’ll need to reduce the sprint duration. Slowly build up the duration to around 30 seconds and the number of intervals to 10.

          Uphill runs will get your heart racing and are actually kinder on your joints!

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          3. Strength-Training Sessions

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            Performing strength training alongside these running workouts poses two great advantages.

            1. It enhances fat loss by burning additional calories.
            2. It preserves muscle mass by telling the body to shed fat instead of muscle.

            Both weightlifting and bodyweight exercises can be effective. Perform full-body exercises such as squats, presses, deadlifts, pushups, and pull-ups.

            Create A Running Schedule: Track Progression

            Transformations only occur with consistent effort over time. Optimizing your lifestyle and tracking progress will be the fastest way to reach your weight loss goals.

            A schedule provides accountability, motivation, and direction, leading to the best results. It will enable you to increase your intensity slowly, ensuring progression while avoiding injuries.

            Rome was not built in a day. Construct a training schedule that works for you and increase the difficulty as your body allows.

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            Start with 2 x Fat Scorching Runs and 2 x Strength Training sessions per week. When you feel ready, introduce Interval Sprints and an additional Strength Training session.

            The 3 Greatest Obstacles to Watch Out For

            1. Pigging Out

            After a gruelling workout, your metabolism is rocketing and your body is begging for fuel. Don’t make the mistake of filling up on unhealthy snacks and overeating.

            Remember to stick to your diet — the post-workout meal should be a controlled refuel.

            2. Not Pushing Yourself

            Don’t get stuck in the same loop or you will see diminishing returns. The body soon adapts to the same intensity, so your workouts will become less effective.

            Slowly pushing further over time is the key to progression. Try mixing things up with different surfaces, speed intervals, hill climbs, etc.

            3. Not Tracking Your Progress

            If you don’t track your workouts, it’s going to be difficult to maintain consistency or ensure steady progression. Keep a workout diary and always refer to last week as a benchmark to beat.

            Smart devices, fitness trackers, and applications can make this process even easier. Many can automatically record intensity, duration, and highlight improvements.

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            Last Updated on September 8, 2021

            10 Fitness Excuses You Need to Stop Making Now

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            10 Fitness Excuses You Need to Stop Making Now

            “You can have results or excuses. Not both.” – Anonymous

            Human beings tend to only ever do as much as they absolutely need to.

            Motivational speakers call this innate trait laziness, biologists call it efficiency. Either way, the fact remains: we are evolutionary wired to minimize time and energy wherever possible.

            And this is not necessarily a bad thing. If we weren’t wired this way, we probably wouldn’t have survived this long as a species.

            Back in our caveman days, before supermarkets, calories were worth their weight in gold. For cavemen, trying to actively burn off calories would have spelled certain death.

            In this light, our fitness excuses make total sense. Our reptilian brain comes up with believable sounding rationalizations to stop us from burning off our precious calories; to minimize time and energy.

            Unfortunately, due to our present access to highly calorific foods, the fitness excuses that once ensured our survival, now send us to an early grave.

            Below I’ve provided the 10 most common fitness excuses our reptilian minds trick us into believing and why, ultimately, they’re all nonsense.

            1. I don’t have enough time.

            This is probably the most common fitness excuse of them all.

            First off, when you say you don’t have enough time, what you’re really saying is “I don’t have enough time for that”. 

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            Do you really think that if you were to add up all the time you spend watching TV and surfing the web throughout the average week you couldn’t replace any of it with a workout?

            A 30 minute workout takes up 2% of your day.

            Don’t ask yourself how much time you’re going to waste by working out a few times a week. Ask yourself how much of your life you’re going to waste being unfit and overweight.

            2. I’m way too tired to workout.

            Your mind, when it comes to exercising, is like a spoiled child. If you give in to its demands without a fight, it will see weakness and prey on it often.

            If you miss one planned session, you’re much more likely to miss the next. The biggest journey always starts with one step and the biggest failings always start with one step backwards.

            You need to show your mind who’s boss. You won’t always have lots of energy when you go to the gym but that doesn’t matter. The only thing that counts is showing up and giving it a shot.

            If you’re too tired to workout, change your sleeping habits, not your workout habits.

            3. But exercise is so boring!

            You don’t want to exercise because it’s boring?

            So you find brushing your teeth, taking showers, styling your hair and getting dressed highly entertaining? No. We do these things because we have to. We accept them as part of life.

            The people who never miss a workout are the ones who view it just like brushing their teeth. Complaining about it is just pointless. To be successful sometimes you’ve got to do things that aren’t as fun as watching your favorite TV show. That’s just life.

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            If don’t enjoy your workouts, you don’t stop working out, you just workout differently. Try crossfit, martial arts, hiking, body building, powerlifting, running, or swimming. Try music. Try anything, but keep showing up.

            4. I have no motivation to workout.

            If you think you need motivation to train you’re already half beat.

            What you really need is meta motivation: the motivation to train even when you’re not motivated. If you rely on your feelings to decide whether to workout or not, you never will. As you know, your feelings are designed to keep you caged up in your comfort pit.  Your feelings want you to be safe, not successful.

            That said, there is a trick you can use to get yourself motivated to workout, and it’s  backed up with research. It’s called ‘the few minutes’ principle.

            The basic idea is that procrastinators often put off doing certain things because the size of the task in front of them seems too overwhelming. By deciding to just go to the gym for a ‘few minutes’ you’ll often see the workout through to completion.

            Are you motivated enough to train for two minutes? That’s all you need.

            5. I have kids to look after.

            One day your kids might have someone to look after too: you.

            Don’t burden them with an ill parent when they have their own kids to look after. And don’t be the kind of parent who tells their kids exercise is good for them but doesn’t follow their own advice. Kids are smarter than that.

            If you’re really struggling with managing your fitness and your kids, combine the two. Find a field and play frisbee for a few hours, go swimming, take a walk around the lake and feed some ducks. There are so many fun and cheap ways to exercise with your kids, the only limits are your imagination.

            You kids should be your biggest reason to exercise, not your biggest excuse.

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            6. I don’t have anyone to train with.

            What you’re really saying with this fitness excuse is that you don’t have anyone to talk with while you train. If you’re training properly, you won’t need to talk.

            Don’t get me wrong, having a training partner is great but here’s what you’ve got to understand: most people first meet their training partners at the gym. The reason you probably don’t have anyone to train with is because you don’t have many friends who train. Like attracts like.

            By becoming someone who regularly trains, you’ll start attracting people into your life who also value health and fitness. You have to earn your training partners, they don’t come free.

            7. I don’t feel very well.

            After you get into the habit of overriding your fitness excuses and working out regularly, the thought of missing a workout starts to drive you insane. When I broke my jaw in two places the doctors told me I couldn’t lift heavy weights for three months. What did I do? I lifted light weights instead. Train smart, not hard.

            At some point in our lives we’ve all pretended to be ill so we could skip a day of school. Some of the better actors among us probably blurred the lines in their mind between real symptoms and those imagined. It’s easy to exaggerate things when it fits our agenda.

            If you’re really sick, I don’t recommend you train. But feeling a bit tired or achy – that’s no reason to skip a workout.

            8. The gym is too expensive or far.

            If you think you need a gym to achieve your fitness goals, you’ve been seriously misled.

            The world is your fitness playground. Ever watched a training scene from a Rocky movie? He chases chickens, runs up steps, punches meat, and chops wood. Many people cite these scenes as their favorite.  Something about training dirty and raw resonates deep within us.

            There are whole fitness subcultures dedicated to working out outdoors, and without formal equipment. Ever heard of Calisthenics, Tai Chi, Yoga or Parkour? Look them up.

            If you want to put on muscle, try some typical strongman training like chopping wood, flipping tires, lifting barrels. Remember, if it’s important enough to you, you’ll find a way. Arnold Schwarzenegger made his own gym equipment out of chairs and sticks for the first year he trained. He claims he gained 25 pounds of muscle from doing this.

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            9. I don’t know how to train properly.

            If you’re reading this article, you’re obviously more than capable of figuring this out. The internet is brimming with routines and training tips. This site alone will give you more than you need. Read these 10 tips for better workouts, perfect for beginners.

            However, it’s important that you don’t get too engulfed in the theory of ‘training properly’. Like most things in life, you learn best on the job. Ask people in the gym to show you how to use proper technique, then practice through action.

            People love giving out tips. You might even get a training partner out of it.

            10. I feel intimidated by the fit people there.

            This is normal and everyone has this when they first start out. The environment is new, everyone there looks like they know what they’re doing. You feel like you’re in someone else’s home.

            The number one reason you feel intimidated when you go to the gym is because you don’t go enough! If you started going regularly you’d get used to the place, the people and your fitness would improve. Everyone knows training improves your confidence. Just stick with it. It’s something you’ll laugh at a few months down the line.

            Anyone can get in great shape. Anyone can become fit. But very few people ever do because they give in to their natural inclination to minimize time and effort.

            Stop making excuses and just stick with it for two months. After that you’ll be finding excuses to workout even when you do have important stuff to get on with.

            Featured photo credit: United Artists, Chartoff-Winkler Productions via Rocky (1976)

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