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Running For Weight Loss: Workout Modules And Extra Tips

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 January 5, 2021

            15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

            15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

            Starting a journey with fitness goals is never easy, and you must remember this is not a crash diet; it is a lifestyle. Don’t panic and think you have to do it all at once, as this will most likely overwhelm you. You may also find yourself giving up because crash diets are not sustainable.

            The best approach is to make simple changes to your daily habits, and over time, you will notice all your bad habits have turned into good ones.

            Accordingly to a study by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.[1] And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances.

            Here are 15 fitness goals to help you on your journey:

            1. Drink More Water

            W.H. Auden said it best when he said,

            “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

            With any diet, the most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Drinking water will support your body with digestion, transporting nutrients to your bones and muscles, and even improving cognitive function.

            Ideally, you want to drink about half your body weight in ounces per day, i.e. if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day.

            2. Add Some Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Water

            It is recommended we sleep for about 8 hours a day, but this means we spend about 8 hours per day dehydrated. Therefore, hydrating your body first thing in the morning is absolutely necessary.

            The best way to achieve hydration is by starting your day with a glass or even two of water. For that extra boost, add lemon juice and ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. The lemon and apple cider vinegar will help your body with detoxifying, cleansing, and digestion.

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            3. Stop Drinking Your Calories

            Yes, keeping hydrated is important, but try to avoid high-calorie drinks, such as soft drinks, specialty coffee, and juices as they are full of fast-acting sugar.

            Really push yourself to stop drinking such drinks, and before you know it, you will notice the benefits.

            4. Start Stretching More Often

            The benefits are vast and the repercussions of failing to stretch can be dramatic.

            Do yourself a favor and always stretch before and after a workout. This will promote a healthy cool down, improve flexibility, and reduce next day aches. Failure to stretch can lead to injures and muscle damage.

            Here’re some simple stretching exercises to get you started: 15 Static Stretching Exercises to Totally Enhance Your Workout Routine

            5. Add in Some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

            You may have heard about HIIT training because it is the big thing right now, and believe me when I say that it works and should absolutely be included in your fitness goals.

            The benefits include lower body fat, increased stamina, leaner muscles, and fantastic hormonal benefits.

            HIIT is where you perform an intense exercise for a very short time frame (about 30 seconds), followed by a slower exercise for about 90 seconds.

            Performing a HIIT routine for 1-3 times a week will lead to great results.

            6. Focus on Your Breathing When You Work Out

            For the most part, breathing is second nature, but when exercising, you may find yourself holding your breath, and this can have negative consequences.

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            It is important to consciously take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, as this will fill your lungs with oxygen and give you the necessary energy to continue your workout.

            7. Build More Lean Muscle

            We all want to have lean muscles. Not only does it look good, but it also has great health benefits, including:

            • Improved posture
            • Reduced body fat
            • Improved metabolism
            • Strong bones
            • Protects and improves joint health
            • Improved stamina

            You can build lean muscle by lifting weights or through other specific exercises. Learn more about building muscle in this guide: How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

            8. Decrease Body Fat

            This may seem like an obvious one, but it is one of the most important steps to a healthier you. Reducing your body fat has a lot of benefits such as:

            • Improved joints and tendons
            • Lowered risk of diabetes
            • Reduced risk of heart disease
            • Reduced inflammation
            • Better performance and endurance
            • Improved appearance and confidence
            • Better hormonal profiles in your body

            Remember, it is not a race to see how quickly you can decrease your body fat. Healthy weight loss is around 1-2 pounds a week for your fitness goals.[2]

            Crash dieting or pushing yourself too much in the gym can lead to you achieving an unrealistic target, and you may find yourself gaining all the weight you have lost.

            Think of it as a lifestyle, and take it slow and steady.

            9. Eat More Greens

            What you eat is the most important factor in a healthier living plan. It is important to ensure you are getting as many nutrients and vitamins from the food you are eating as possible.

            Focus on dark, leafy greens, as they will provide you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants—all of which you body needs!

            Don’t forget to avoid processed and manufactured food. They are usually high in fat and have minimal vitamins.

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            10. Start Eliminating Sugar

            Another top goal you can start immediately is reducing the amount of sugar you consume. It also won’t cost you anything, and will save you money and improve your health in the long run.

            There’s no surprise we eat too much sugar, and this should be one of your top fitness goals moving forward. Cutting out liquid calories is a great way to start. If you’re looking for something sweet, turn to fruits or even dark chocolate.

            Be careful to eliminate sugar from your diet slowly. Cutting it out all at once can cause symptoms of sugar withdrawal, which can drive you back to sugary snacks[3].

            Common symptoms of sugar withdrawal

              11. Allow Yourself to Rest and Recover

              The workout is where you go to break down muscle tissue, and it builds back through proper nutrition, rest, and recovery[4]. It might be tempting to go to the gym for two hours every day as hard as you can to achieve your goals, but that’s not the most effective approach.

              If you don’t allow for proper rest and recovery, it can set you back a few steps. Your body is more prone to injury and even illness as you can weaken your immune system from all the progressive intensity the body is facing.

              12. Get More Sleep

              When you are deprived of sleep, you make it next to impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals. Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones in your body, and over time these can lead to inflammation and chronic diseases.[5]

              Make sleep a priority to let your body heal and rejuvenate. A good approach is 7 to 8 hours. Also, allow yourself some wind-down time and a pre-bed routine to help get more consistent sleep every night.

              13. Focus on the Habit, Not the Result

              It’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve a certain look or shed time off of your mile, but the more important focus is on the habit that will bring you closer to those fitness goals.

              Don’t look at the scale, the tape measurer, or the body fat percentage. Focus on the habits that will lead to those achievements.

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              Don’t compare yourself to where others are; you’re right where you need to be.

              14. Take Your Fitness Outside

              This may be hard depending on the weather you experience, but the more you can be outside exposed to fresh air and sunlight, the better.

              Being stuck in the gym doing cardio while staring at a wall won’t do much for your mental stimulation.

              Try to challenge your body more by getting outside. Hiking is great and also just running and walking. Give yourself more access to nature and a constantly changing environment. It also beats breathing in that recycled gym air.

              15. Do at Least One Pull Up

              This is a great last goal to focus on because it’s a great test of strength and to see how you are progressing with your fitness.

              If you haven’t been able to do one, you know what a challenge it can be. Having the goal of doing at least one pull up will not only show you how far you’ve progressed, but it is a great way to become dedicated and motivated.

              The Bottom Line

              These fitness goals will become more attainable through the year if you’re consistent with your fitness. Set yourself a concrete timeline for when you want to accomplish some or all of these in order to create realistic goals in the short term. In fact, start making one of these goals happen this month!

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