Friday, March 02, 2007

Running Training – Add Running To Your Exercise Routine

By John Purfield

If you want to make great strides with fat loss from your exercise routines, you should consider adding running to your list of exercises. All you need is a pair of running sneakers, warm clothes (on cold days) and you’re ready to go.

The good news is that you don’t have to run very long distances or for long durations to get results. However, after a few weeks you’ll be able to jog for a longer durations of time and distance.

You get results by running on an interval basis for 20 – 25 minutes. For example, you can walk for a minute and then jog for a minute for 10 intervals and you can get a great work out in. You’re body will actually burn fat from interval running.

There are many benefits that come with adding jogging or running to your exercise routine. Here are some that come to mind.

For one, jogging can provide the physical challenge needed to keep you interested in working out. Remember, jogging requires your whole body to perform the movement without any help with a machine. Sure you can use a treadmill. But the treadmill doesn’t do the work for you (at least in my case).

Physical challenges are great for people who spend all of their day leading a sedentary lifestyle. A good challenge may be trying to run a mile in 10 minutes. Achieving these challenges can build pride and confidence.

Running, of course, is one of the many exercises that help you relax. You are using your major muscle groups and using a lot of oxygen from the aerobic exercise. You can easily relieve stress and tension and focus your mind elsewhere instead of common problems. Especially, if you’re committed to reaching a physical goal you set for yourself.

If you like to start adding running to your work out, you should seek the advice of your doctor to make sure you are ready. If haven’t tried running in a long time or feel you are too heavy to jog, you should start off very slowly and with something easy.

You could always interval train because you will still get results. For example, you may want to try and walk for 3 minutes and jog for a minute until you reach 20 minutes. After, executing the workout for a few sessions, you may start feeling like you want to run more.

After a short while, you may see dramatic improvement in your endurance. From there you will start seeing the benefits of running. If you are trying to lose weight you’ll melt the fat away.

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