I tend to talk down on cardio a LOT! Truth is it’s NOT the best form of fat loss training. And lets face it most people want to lose weight.
It DOES have its place. Its just knowing what that place is & how it can fit into your life.
Here are a dozen health reasons to get running:
1. Healthy heart
Running is one of the best ways to give your heart muscle an effective workout. Running regularly can improve circulation, reduce the risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.
2. Weight loss
The average runner burns up to 1,000 calories during a training session. Now even though I’m not advocating running as the BEST way to lose weight you most certainly cannot dismiss its benefits. The key here is to make sure the fuel you are burning is fat & NOT muscle. Therefore I don’t advocate long distance running (over 45 minutes) if your sole goal is weight loss.
If you run on a regular basis you are continually taxing your muscles and bones so the bones are stimulated to remain stronger and do not easily weaken with age. So bye bye osteoporosis.
4. Mental health
A regular running habit will you lift your mood and build self-esteem. It also increases your self-confidence as you reach fitness and/or weight loss goals. Running can help relieve mild depression.
Studies show that runners find it easier to get to sleep at night and sleep longer. Insomniacs take note.
This is a biggie! Running has been shown to increase your ability to cope with everyday minor irritations and stresses.
Endorphins engendered by exercise mean that people who run are often happier than those who don’t: ever felt that sense of elation during or after a run (known as the runner’s high)? Running regularly can also improve patience, humour and ambition, and make you more good-tempered and easy-going.
Unfortunately no pill can replace the natural runners high that runner experience. If that pill existed it would make millions!
Runners generally have a lower level of anxiety than those who don’t run. One study suggests that regular training reduces the activity of the serotonin receptors in the brain which regulate mood. Reduced sensitivity of these receptors to stimulation might explain the positive effects of exercise on anxiety.
9. Immune system
If you are a runner you will find that you have a stronger immune system, that means you’ll suffer less from minor illnesses such as colds, allergies, fatigue, menstrual discomfort, backache, and digestive disorders.
10. Brain power
You can increase your mental functions by going running as it boosts blood flow to the brain and helps it receive oxygen and nutrients, making you more productive at work.
Personally I have my BEST ideas when I’m running.
Running stimulates your circulation, improving the transportation of nutrients around your system and flushing out waste products. This will help make your skin clearer and give you that distinctive runner’s glow.
12. Fat burn
Yes it CAN burn fat. Infact many of the top cover models of the world use cardio as a staple part of their leaning up plan.
My two choices for fat burning are:
1. Fasted Cardio – Good in the morning. On an empty stomach go for a 20-30 minute jog, keeping the intensity low. Be prepared though, this is tough! I prefer option two.
2. HIIT – Yup high intensity interval training is one of the main types of training we use at the Fit4Life Project. Personally I love doing hill sprints for my HIIT. Find a hill that takes 20-30 seconds to climb. Sprint to the top. Then walk back down slowly.
REPEAT 4-5 TIMES. TRUST ME THATS ENOUGH TO START WITH!
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