Running and Weight Loss Don’t Always Go Hand in Hand

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Running and weight loss are no where near the combination of, say, peas and carrots. In fact, they can sometimes mix as well as oil and water. Although everyone’s “go to” exercise for weight loss, running isn’t what you think it is when it comes to shedding the pounds.

People often eat what they want and then attempt to “burn it off through exercise.” This is common with calorie counters. They count every calorie they consume and then configure that into what they need to do to burn calories off. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as that. If you base your fitness on an energy balance, then it’s very simple to lose weight and then put it back on. Part of the problem is doing endless amounts of aerobic exercises like running, jogging, and cycling. These exercises make you more efficient, meaning that as you get in shape, you have to commit to longer workouts to try and burn off more energy.

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Case in point: long term studies on aerobic exercise show that subjects can lose weight but then put it back on when the exercise stops. A two year study focusing on the amount of activity that subjects performed showed subjects regain the weight they lost after only 6 months (1). Researchers discovered that the subjects who had the greatest amount of weight loss averaged 68 minutes of physical activity per day for 5 days a week – hardly a workout regimen that many people can follow. I work in my own studio and am surrounded my training equipment, yet I don’t always have that kind of time to dedicate to exercise.

Instead of aerobic exercise, participate in activities that promote the good hormones, like growth hormone. This will allow your body to build muscle, burn fat, and make long term changes for life rather than trying to do endless bouts on the treadmill. Besides, that’s boring. Human beings were meant to plod away on treadmills like we were meant to sit in cubicles all day.

You can increase your body’s good hormones through activities like circuit training, strongman training, intervals, and sprints. This will allow you to get more work done in less time and cure exercise boredom.

[toggle title=”References”]1. Jakicic, J.M., Bess, M.H., Lang, W.”The Effects of Exercise on 24-Month Weight Loss Maintenance in Overweight Women.” Archives of Internal Medicine.168:14 ( 2008): 1550-1559[/toggle]
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