Fitness Friday 002 “Running Wont Get it Done”
As I mention say each week, I’ve always been an advocate of doing the small things well, rather than doing the complicated things poorly. But, in this case, Running Wont Get it Done.
Before we get started, I want to put one thing out there. I am NOT an trying to make you stop running. I have no issue with running. Just to get that straight. HAHAHA.
From a Fitness Coach to client perspective, I want to talk about a couple of truths about running , both good and bad, that you should consider if you plan on adding running to your fitness plan.
If you are trying to lose weight and think that you need to be running, STOP NOW. There are far more beneficial things you could do that are much more enjoyable. If you are trying to lose weight, the bottom line is calories in and calories out and build some muscle (no, you wont bulk up by lifting weights). Exercise will help your calories in/out balance so that you don’t have to cut back much on food. From a calorie burn perspective, an hour of a steady jog only burns in between 350-500 calories (depending on your pace). For simple time sake, lets compare that to a 20 minute HIIT (or high intensity interval training) session can burn as much as 450+ calories. Not only do you shave off the time, you get a full body workout in ONE THIRD of the time. If you do that 3x a week, that adds 2 full hours to your weekly schedule.
Running really is bad for your body.
So before we go into the bad, I do want to notate that not everyone gets injured or worn down from jogging. You see, just like all your other parts, the makeup of your legs, knees and ankles are all different. Some people can handle the dynamics of punishment, and others cannot. For instance , every step you take walking exerts a load on the knees 2 to 3 times your body weight. The force absorbed from running increases that load to anywhere between 5 to 12 times your weight, depending largely on running speed or form. To put that into perspective, a 150 lbs person is absorbing 300-450lbs of pressure by walking, and 600+ lbs when they jog. That is a LOT of force causing wear and tear.
If you do want to Run or Jog regularly, Add Weight Training now
As we talked about previously, the body is taking a lot of force when you run. One of the best ways to not only make you a better AND stronger runner is by picking up heavy things! Due to a response of the body called the SAID (specific adaptions to imposed loads) principal, the loads imposed by running might actually be making you weaker, not stronger in the long run. When we add weights into the equation, you can build up your muscular and respiratory system to handle much greater stimulas than what it does when you simply run all the time. This is going to make you be able to run further, harder, longer and stronger. The best part is, you can cut back on long running sessions since you are accomplishing so much more with weights in less time.
So there you have it. Not that I want you to stop running, but maybe it’s time to ask yourself what you are really running for?
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