Running is possibly the easiest workout for a person looking to shed fat and burn calories, while also increasing their overall fitness – not because the workout itself is easy, but because of how easy it is to implement it!
For running, one does not need any elaborate equipment or to join the gym. All you need for setting up and starting out on an effective running routine is to ensure that you have good running shoes that are the best fit for you, and finding a nice flat stretch of road or park in order to do your run in every day.
But all that said and done, getting on a regular running routine is also difficult for a variety of reasons. While running is very highly effective in fat burning and body metabolism boosting, doing it wrong can lead to painful muscle cramps and sprains.
Most people bandy about the belief that walking or slow jogging can be just as effective for shedding weight and getting into shape, but without the pain or potential for muscle sprains that comes with running. But actually – that is not true!
Of course, walking has its own good points going for it – walking is the most effective exercise for those who are older or those who sorely need exercise but are not fit enough to strain themselves to the point of running.
But to quickly lose weight and get into a fail proof weight loss exercise routine, running is one of the best and most convenient options out there!
Now that we have talked about why running is a great option for losing weight and getting into shape, the next step to discuss is the running plan, which needs to be tailor made depending on the stage of running you are in!
Here are some of the tips and tricks you need to know to ensure you are following an effective running routine – tips for every level of the runner!
For the beginner runner
This hardest planning goes to the beginner runner. Since most of the beginners are usually new to exercising as a whole and not just new to starting a running regime, they have an uphill climb to get through to establish their plan of running.
For the beginner runner, you need to start out in increments by keeping your goals small and achievable.
The ultimate goal for a beginner that they must strive towards should be placed at around 2 to 3 months. By the time they are into their third month of running, the beginner should be able to run for at least half an hour straight without taking any breaks!
Running for a whole thirty minutes without taking any breaks means that you will be burning upward of over four hundred calories in that session alone! And by introducing cross training with mild weight lifting, aerobics and some vigorous stretches, the beginner runner can manage to burn as much as eight hundred calories per day.
That is a great leap for those who are seeking to burn fat through their running routine.
Ultimately, the hardest part of the beginner runner routine is not losing the motivation to continue with their running action plan. Keep yourself motivated and try to introduce interesting and fun routines to your running time, in order to make the effort useful as well as relaxing!
For the beginner, combine plenty of walks amidst your running. Build up your running such that you ultimately reach being able to run for a flat half hour without any walking breaks!
For the average runner
The average runner is one who has been running on and off for a while, and has reached a decent level of fitness that they are simply planning to maintain, rather than make it better or worse.
For most non competitive runners, this stage of running is usually the ultimate goal. To reach the point where they hit a comfortable stride, and are able to maintain their fitness at a stable and constant level, neither losing nor gaining weight.
So if you are at this plateau stage of running, your action plan depends on what you plan to do next.
If you are happy with the stasis of maintaining your fitness with the same level, then continue with the same exercises and routines you have been following.
If you wish to increase your endurance or kick start your metabolism once more to become an expert runner, and reach the target of being able to run straight for a whole hour, you need to revise your running plan to increase your tolerance and running endurance!
For the advanced runner
Your goal at this point pretty much becomes not giving your body slack and being able to continue your high levels of running speed and endurance as well as your stamina.
At this stage you should be able to run flat out for an hour every day, and must manage about five miles of running at least every alternate day.
To maintain this high level of fitness, the advanced runner must introduce more cross training exercises into their daily running routine. Mix it up with a lot of other athletic pursuits such as swimming, aerobics, some serious strength training or calming fitness practices such as yoga.
This helps your body keep at its high level of running and maintains its endurance for running, while also giving it constant and varied stimulation that keeps things interesting!