Before I started this website that I obviously dedicated towards the art of running to lose weight, I went online and did a bit of research on what I should be writing about.
It seemed to me that this question was on almost every beginner’s mind. They want to burn fat and lose weight, and know that running is probably the most effective way to be able to achieve their goals.
However, they’re scared that they’ll never get to reap the rewards of running because they’ve never been a runner before and could barely run an entire lap without wheezing their lungs out.
That’s why I wanted to dedicate an article to speak to everybody who has this exact thought lingering on their minds.
Let me confess something to you — my whole life, I never thought I was going to find myself in a position where I’m writing about and advocating running to lose weight because truth be told, I used to HATE running with a passion.
I mean seriously, I despised it. I dreaded our quarterly mile-runs during my middle school PE class, I hated running around the track during basketball practice during high school, and avoided any forms of exercise that consisted of running at a consistent pace for a prolonged period of time. Any form of distance or endurance training, I couldn’t stand.
What happened? Age and a slower metabolism happened, and the only way that I was able to get rid of the belly fat was through running.
Real Running benefits
I believe that a lot of people have come to hate running because they were pushed too hard at one instance and simply became averse to the activity as they grew older. And I’m here to tell you that you do NOT have to push yourself to the limits in order to get the fat loss benefits that running has to offer.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I’m a heavy smoker, and have been for nearly a decade now (I’m in my mid-to-late-twenties, so no, it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that I started smoking way too early).
When I first started running, I could barely run for an entire minute without panting and wheezing. But it actually didn’t take long until I started seeing some improvements; just a month and a half after, I was able to run for 5 to 6 minutes straight before I absolutely have to stop to catch my breath.
So if you’re a complete beginner and are asking yourself how exactly can you start running to lose weight and actually get the benefits even if you’re not a hardcore runner, here’s my answer: START SLOW.
You don’t have to run an entire mile right away. Run as much as you can, walk until you catch your breath, then run again. Whether that means running for 30 seconds then walking for 4 minutes, it doesn’t matter.
What’s important is you at least match your intensity from the previous workout, and even better if you push yourself just a little bit farther next time (that could mean running for 45 seconds next time).
The system that I detail in this manual gives you a more consistent and accurate way to measure your run-walk intervals (plus it gives you more to work with so you can plan your next workout better and set better goals), but the above method is good enough for those on a really tight budget.
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