By Patricia ZelmEmmart CHHC, AADP
Running is one of the best ways to lose weight, but it doesn’t mean it’s the only way. Walking is a good way to start a weight loss program, but for quicker results jogging or running is a good option. Before you begin each session, stretch out your muscles to avoid injury to yourself. If you are new to running, it’s important to start out slowly and gradually increase over time.
Start out by power walking then, increase to a jog. When you are ready, increase your pace to a run for about 10 minutes at first. With each session you can add more time and distance to your running. The faster your pace the less time and distance you will physically be able to go. Here is a good resource to help you start your training program, http://running.about.com/od/getstartedwithrunning/ht/getstarted.htm
Tips to Start Running
- Eat a healthy diet:
Even though you want to loss weight you need to feed your body good, whole foods to give it fuel for each run. That includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains, along with some protein for building muscles.
- Make a running schedule:
Making a schedule for yourself will help to keep you on track and motivated to run.
- Keep challenging yourself:
Write down each run on your calendar. This will help you keep on track with time and distance for each of your sessions. This will help you not to increase your time or distance too fast. Here is a good resource for training to run, http://running.about.com/od/getstartedwithrunning/ht/getstarted.htm
- Find a running buddy:
A friend or a group could help you stay more focused and motivated. There are always days we could use encouragement to get out there and run.
Running regularly will help you to lose weight and achieve the physical fitness your looking for. It is an inexpensive way to lose weight. Be sure though to invest in a good pair of running shoes to avoid injury to your feet and legs.
Even though you are deciding to start a running program, cross train by lifting weights or doing aerobic classes to create a well balanced routine.
Remember, exercise in any form is beneficial and a healthy way for anyone to lose weight.