Let me be frank here, I am not a runner. In fact, I don’t even like running. But I do it. I know that in order for me to have great cardiovascular endurance, I need to suck it up and go out for a run every now and then.
I even felt ready for a new challenge in my life. I’m now training to run a marathon next summer. It’s been hard and I often, actually everyday, want to give up, but I don’t. I know that there are some amazing benefits to being able to run and taking jogs daily.
Cardiorespiratory fitness (aerobic fitness or “cardio”) is the ability of your heart to pump stronger and more efficiently and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. The stronger your heart pumps, the more oxygen you are giving to your muscles. In fact, elite distance runners can be as much as three times more efficient at consuming oxygen than people who don’t run as much.
Running for Weight Loss
It’s always been assumed that running is the best type of cardio and burns the most fat. However, until recently, there wasn’t really any proof of that. Especially since swimmers seem to burn a bunch of calories as well. However, running and uphill walking has been compared to cycling in research and it turned out that fat burning was 28% higher during running and walking uphill than it was during cycling.
Have you ever looked at an endurance runner next to any other athlete? Their bodies are extremely leaner and more defined. Not to say other athletes can’t reach this goal, because they can, however when all you want to do is run dozens and dozens of miles everyday, you’re going to get rid of body fat and developer more lean muscle.
So, if you’re asking if you should take up long distance running, the answer is no. Well, not unless you want to. You don’t have to run every single day to get the fitness results you’re looking for. But Running should become a part of your exercise regimen if it isn’t already.
Running Helps your Food Intake
Most people who run a lot have a huge appetite, and why shouldn’t they? They just spent time burning a ton of calories. If you are already in the shape you want to be in, then this part does not apply to you. But if you want to use running to drop a few pounds and tone up, then la healthy diet needs to go along side of your running habits. The bottom line to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume, no matter how much exercise you do.
Are you wondering whether walking or running will help you burn more calories?
It’s said in physics that you are supposed to burn the same amount of calories whether you walked or ran, as long as it was the same distance. Personally, that does not add up to me. And recent studies agree, research shows that running one mile burns about 30% more calories than walking one mile, and all is relative whether you run outdoors or on a treadmill.
Since starting my boot camp class, I now run three miles almost everyday. If you’re interested in getting into running, check listings in your neighborhood to see if there are any running clinics being held or any runners clubs offering advice and support. Remember to start off slow and short and work your way up to longer runs week by week.
There are plenty of reasons to take up running whether it’s to burn extra fat, build lean muscles or improve you overall health. I’ve learned to enjoy running and this new goal for myself. I feel better than ever and learning to trust my body when doing new and challenging things. Although I may not always love the actually tasks, I love the feeling of pushing myself to measure I used to think were impossible.