Does Running Help You Lose Weight?
It might seem like an obvious question but how does running help you lose weight? Is it all hype? As you start out on your new goal of making running a part of your life, it’s good to get some facts to keep you motivated on those long runs!
Burn those Calories!
Weight loss simply comes down to an energy deficit. You want your body to be burning more calories than it consumes each day. One of the simplest ways to increase the amount of calories your body burns each day is to get off that sofa and put on those running shoes! If you need even more motivation you can use free online calculators to input your distance run, weight and time taken and get a handy record of the calories you have burned. Just remember not to think of those calories burned as a sneaky excuse to increase the amount you eat!
Running, like any cardiovascular activity, boots the heart rate and produces an endorphin response. In other words running will activate the happy reward-centred part of your brain! It gives you the famous ‘runner’s high’. Running every day will lift your mood and drag you out of that after-work slump or give you an early morning boost. When you feel good you are more likely to stay active and less likely to turn to food for comfort. Running is a feel-good weight loss activity; once you start you’ll find it hard to remember what your life was like before it.
Running helps boost your confidence. Along with the endorphin rush, running is an activity which promotes weight loss, builds lean muscle and also encourages us to get out of the house and be proud of what are bodies are capable of. You will gain a whole new level of respect and gratitude for the body you have been given when you push yourself to new limits and see that you are capable of more than you initially expected. Not only are you losing weight, you are revealing a more toned body in the process.
Running is a weight bearing exercise and helps naturally build muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat per kilogram so the benefits of running for weight loss don’t start and stop at the beginning and end of your run. You are increasing the daily rate of calories your body naturally needs to burn to survive and, thus, increasing your chances of losing weight and keeping the weight off long-term. You are making a long term investment in your body by choosing to run.
No More Gym Fees!
Running is great for weight loss as it is free and easily accessible. It’s a lot easier to avoid going to the gym because of the effort it takes to get there after work or the fees it costs. Running won’t cost you anything more than your time (and a decent pair of sneakers!).
So what are you waiting for?