This is Part 2 (Losing weight by running) of 3 posts that look at the pros and cons of losing weight in different environments and using different methods. My first post in this series was Home exercise to lose weight ?. Now I want to examine why or indeed why not losing weight by running could be the correct choice for you.
OK, so lets start at the beginning, can you lose weight by running? Absolutely! Along with a balanced nutritious diet this method of losing weight is a favourite for possibly millions of people world wide. If you’re not able to lose weight through running, then perhaps there may be a problem with your diet, but in short, this is a sure fire way to burn calories.
Every now and then I have clients who return from vacation without having completed the agreed workouts for one reason or another, believe me I’ve heard all the excuses, but one that stands out most in my mind is “I couldn’t run as there was nowhere to run” This excuse does not, shall we say, sit well with YPT. I mean call me old fashioned, but the last time I looked all you needed to run was a pair of running shoes and the ground. As far as I’m concerned the only destination you can go on holiday and not find a suitable place to run is the bloody moon. My point is this, running is extremely accessible. You open your front door and voila, the ground is there waiting for you. And I’m not a gambling man but I’d bet my last Euro on the ground still being there tomorrow when you open your front door.
So losing weight by running is possible and we now agree that it’s probably the most accessible sport possible and we don’t need to be a genius to work out that it’s one of the cheapest sports out there along with other exercises like Push ups for example – (Warning ! Like running you do need a floor to do Push ups). More importantly than anything listed above is the fact that this is an amazing cardiovascular workout. Running exercises your heart and lungs which increases your fitness and helps prevent many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
In short I struggle to find many disadvantages to running, for sure you’re not really going to get an upper body workout from this and yes running is tough, but with time, patience and consistency you will reap the rewards. Don’t just take my word for it, go watch anything from a local 10km race to a big city marathon and look at the people that cross the finish line, they are usually lean, strong, happy, friendly and very very worn out… Jokes aside, this in itself gives credence to the theory that running is an awesome way to stay fit, healthy and happy.
Anyone have anything to add? Do you find running helps you keep svelte?