Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Running And Weight Loss

I’m often asked how one should start a running program to lose weight.

Well, I always offer my general thoughts based on the person’s physical condition. After a while, I may get a follow-up from a person telling me they’re not losing weight. I stumbled across some advice from a site titled http://www.therunningguy.com/ that may offer some helpful direction -http://tinyurl.com/lrfjar.

While running is a great weight-loss activity, everyone is different. The muscle weight you gain may outweigh your fat loss. If you stay consistent with a running program over a period of time; however, it’s difficult NOT to lose weight.

Keep in mind my other advice if you’re looking to start a running program – take into consideration your physical condition. If you haven’t run or engaged in any meaningful physical fitness activity in a while, then you might consider “walking” before you run. Additionally, if you’re older than 40, a complete physical exam with your doctor may be in order.

I have a good friend who started running this summer. It's taken time, but she's really making progress with faster times and she's really looking great. Sometimes, we just have to be patient!


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Kenley said...

Hey, great article, and thanks for that link. Had a lot of good stuff. Keep up the great posts

Christine Luff said...

I hear similar things from runners all the time. You're right that they need to be patient. I think "The Biggest Loser" has created unrealistic expectations for weight loss! People aren't happy with losing a pound a week.

Coachhrd said...

I think you make a great point, Christine. Technology makes us too much of a "need it now" society!

Anne said...

I agree with Christine too. I wrote a piece for Complete Running showing scientific studies debunking the weight-loss theory when it comes to running. We may run more, but our bodies stay hungry longer too.

(Great blog, by the way!)