Are You Misusing Your Runs?

It’s nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t trendy: it seems everyone is into the running craze these days, and for good reason. There’s something liberating (at least for me) when feet hit the pavement, with nothing but open path in front of you and the fresh air in your lungs.


The problem with running is that it’s often used as a weight loss tool, and it’s really not.


The accumulation of miles for a 5k, 10k, half marathon (or more) unfortunately creates the exact opposite environment for weight loss. Sure, some people may see some changes in what the scale says, but few (if any) achieve desired transformation results with conventional running programs.


Why? Sure, you’re burning calories and getting in shape, but you’re not creating an environment conducive to metabolic transformation. The underlying culprit of excess body fat is an under-active metabolism. Simply increasing the number of calories you burn is equivalent to throwing money (literally) at a broken appliance and expecting to fix it. You need to follow a specific set of steps to see that machine fixed, and it’s the same for your body.


Long, steady-state cardio will improve fitness and overall health, but it will make your body more efficient. An efficient body doesn’t burn fat, it stays exactly the same. The goal to re-programming your metabolism is to increase muscle tone (metabolically active tissue) that will burn fat even at rest. Too much focus on this steady-state cardio degrades this precious muscle tissue, inevitably slowing your metabolism further.


But, here’s the good news: it is possible to train for a big race AND lose fat. High-intensity interval training is shown to effectively burn fat, build muscle and improve endurance even better than those long runs you’ve been trudging through. (This is all great news even if you’re not running to lose weight!)


When paired with a structured strength training program, you can expect to see incredible gains in your running performance and even bigger losses on the scale and clothes sizes - not to mention the golden benefits of increased energy, better self confidence and improved mood.


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