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Reasons Why Running Might Not Be The Ideal Way To Lose Weight

Being obese or overweight is one of those problems which can give you sleepless nights. Frustration and hopelessness creep in when, in spite of a heavy duty workout, you fail to shed off that stubborn body fat. You’ve been toiling hard, letting your body go through rigorous workouts, but to no avail. Often, people do abide by a strict fitness regimen but fail to adhere to a strict diet. A majority of overweight individuals tend to rely heavily on running for losing weight. But not many are aware of the fact that running may not be the ideal exercise that will help you hit the bull’s eye. Your approach to cardio might not be the exact way you deal with a weight loss. So, before you let your disappointments get the better of you, let’s have a look at the common mistakes and simple solutions to make things fall into place.

You Don’t Mind Changing Your Workout Regimen

Your body is nothing short of a machine. If you repeat the same process time and again, it becomes easier. Relying heavily on running for your cardio implies that your body will adapt to running pretty easily. Consequently, the benefits are limited. Irrespective of how much you pump your legs and sweat all through, the output will be the same. Additionally, your metabolism learns and starts reacting the same way, and you burn fewer calories in the process. Even running on the treadmill for almost an hour at a steady pace might help in losing weight, but only at the initial stage. You shed off some pounds in the first two to three weeks, and thereafter, the changes will be fewer. You will wonder why on earth did that happen. The reason is that within those first few weeks, your metabolism has adjusted to the entire program and doesn’t need to apply the same effort to burn off the body fat.

You Cover A Greater Distance, But Your Pace Remains The Same

The key factor in any workout is intensity. While running every day, you are being able to cover a greater distance and maintain a speed you can stick to for a longer period of time. But unless and until you increase your pace, the results will only disappoint you. You push yourself intending to sustain for a time you have set for yourself. You feel tired and optimistic. But the fact remains: your workout is great only for your endurance, not for a weight and a fat loss. A five to six sets of 30-second sprints is more effective in burning body fat than going through cardio sessions for 30 minutes to an hour. Intensity makes all the difference. Those brisk sprints will burn at least double the body fat.

You Pay Excessive Attention To How Much Calories You’re Burning

You often believe that all the calories you burn are from your workouts. This is a misconception. Eating, sleeping, walking, and standing requires a lot of energy, and the calories that you burn during exercise is insignificant in contrast to your day to day activities and the normal functioning that your body goes through every day. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to hit the gym. The workout that you let your body go through will affect the number of calories you burn otherwise. Sprinting and weight lifting will help you build more muscles and will result in your body burning more calories than you expected. Weight training is often considered to be much more effective than running. Lifting weight has positive impacts on your metabolism and causes muscle tears in your body that needs to get repaired over time. As energy will be required for the healing process, more calories are burnt, and this continues for almost two days after you are done with your workout session.

You Rarely Opt For Other Forms Of Cardio

You need to choose a form of cardio that will play a key role in building body muscles. Such a cardio will give you positive results in the shortest possible time. Cycling, for instance, is better for fat loss and muscle building more than an intensive run on an incline. If you increase your intensity while cycling, you are in for a better and efficient weight loss strategy. Your purpose will be served much faster than relying on running, jogging, or walking.

You must remember that by walking and running over a long period of time will only decrease the intensity of your workout. That implies you have to hang out there for a weight loss for a much longer period of time, and results won’t be that much impressive. Intensity is the word. Nothing else matters.

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