Running Routines to Lose Weight
Running is an excellent way to lose weight. This is a well known fact and it's no wonder that millions of people run in order to shed some excess pounds. Yet, not all running is equal. There are more and less effective ways to do it.
Naturally, any running is better than none and I applaud you for any workouts that you do as they show how determined you are to lose weight and look better. However, in order to get the best results in the shortest time possible some knowledge is required. Mainly, you need to know how to run to burn the most calories.
What are some of the best running routines to lose weight? Here are some suggestions:
1. Each workout should last at least 15 minutes to burn a sufficient number of calories. The shooter the workout the more intensive it needs to be. 15 minutes would require a very strenuous workout so I recommend at least 30 minutes of active running at various speeds.
2. The workout should begin with a 5 minute medium pace run to warm up and make sure your muscles and joints are prepared for the workout ahead.
3. The best running routines involve intervals which are basically periods within your workout when you change your speed a bit. This allows you to workout your body in a variety of intensities. It also helps you do stretches of very fast running and still complete a 30 minutes or more workout. Those bursts of fast running are critical to get your body into a fat burning mode. The slower periods help you recover from the faster ones.
4. Running at an incline is more strenuous than running on a plain so try to find some route with a moderate incline to help you get better results for your time. Running downhill is not good for your knees, so make sure never run at a steep decline.
5. Each of your running routines should involve either sprints or steep uphill running or both. You will not be able to do this kind of running for more than a minute or so since it can be very hard. However, this is precisely the point, to make sure your workout has some elements of extreme intensity as well as enough time to burn off considerable weight.
6. At the end of each run you should take a few minutes to cool down by running at a slow pace or walking quickly until your heart rate slows back down to normal pace.