Running for weight-loss, is it true? Or not? Though running does burn calories like crazy, there are some reasons you may not be seeing the weight-loss results you’re after – ever. I found out the hard way, so today I am telling you my story and why running should not be your first and only priority during your weight loss journey.
I used to think running and weight-loss was a perfect combination of easy and effective. Easy because all I had to do was put on my running clothes and let’s go – no gym or equipment needed! Effective because I lost weight fast. At least, I thought I was. Now I know better, and I want you to know better too (click here to see the before and after photo’s). Below I give you 4 reasons why running will not help you to get you bikini ready.
- You’re stuck on replay
While working on that healthy lifestyle, you found your inner running princess. You feel comfortable with running your 5k trail, and… so does your body. Your muscles quickly adapt to your workout routine, and although this sounds not bad, it is not good for losing weight at all. Keep surprising your body with different training sessions.
- The longer you go, the lasting your kilos
One of the most important variables with running, or any other exercise, is intensity. I used to start my run with the intent to keep on running for 30 minutes or more. My goal was to do this on a pace I could sustain, work hard, feel tired, and then go back home. While this is great for endurance, it’s not so great for weight loss. Nowadays I am a big fan of HIIT: my body has to work harder during these sessions, is more challenged and burns more fat.
- Less = more
I’ve said it before, exercise makes for a more awesome life. But you don’t have to overdo this. Exercise still is stress for your body, and your body needs time to relax from stress. Read here all about my workout routine and my suggestions about how often to workout per week.
- Running is your only true love
It is important to surprise your body once in a while, and by doing the same workout routine over and over again, you won’t surprise it. Even by switching your running routine, you won’t get your dream results. Try to vary with strength training, stretching, boxing and everything else life has to offer considering exercise. Prepare to be surprised!