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Running for Weight Loss

In my experience, running for weight loss has been the most effective exercise in keeping the extra pounds at bay.








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Running for Weight Loss
by Patrick Austin


In my experience, running for weight loss has been the most effective exercise in keeping the extra pounds at bay. I’ve a number of different exercises including riding a bike, roller blading, and elipitcising but none of them were as effective as running.

If you are interested in running for weight loss, be sure to start of slow. Trying to run to too fast in the beginning can hurt you rather than help. I remember when I first starting running, I tried to basically sprint for my entire workout. This caused me to get sick about half way through. My muscles were also terribly sore after the workout. After that, I realized that taking it slow was the better approach.

If you plan on running for weight loss, you have to be consistent. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t run very far or very fast in the beginning. Your body needs to time to build endurance. For me it took about a week for my body to start adjusting to the routine. I was then able to run longer without getting tired, or feel ill.

Another key to running for weight loss is to never stay at your current pace or travel distance for too long. What I mean is, if you’re running two miles a day at a pace of six miles an hour, you need to increase your distance and how fast you run the next time you exercise. You should always be challenging yourself to do more. If you get complacent, you could wind up hitting a weight loss plateau, which I talk about in this article.

In order to optimize the running for weight loss, remember to stretch. Your muscles need to be loose so they can handle the stress that is put on them while running. A good rule of thumb is to stretch for at least fifteen minutes before doing any rigorous exercise routine. This applies to all exercises, not just running.

While you’re running, you will probably start to get winded at some point during the exercise. Don’t quit! Keep your mind focused on the fact that you’re running for weight loss. Doing the exercise is making you a healthier person. You will eventually get a second wind and that painful feeling in your stomach and chest will disappear.

If you’d like more information about running for weight loss, check out these sites:

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports and health for a number of web sites including,, and He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

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