Running is a great cardio exercise to get your body in shape, but that's not all you need.
Your body requires three aspects to become fit: cardio, strength training and a healthy diet.
While running will help burn calories,
it won't get you in shape if you're strictly burning the unhealthy food you're eating and nothing more.
And while cardio and eating healthy will help burn calories, strength training will finish it off by providing the stability
and strength you need to avoid injury and carry out everyday activities.
Strength Training for Health
Strength training workouts can tone any major muscle group in your body: arms, back, shoulders, stomach, butt and legs.
Various workouts include mountain climbers, planks, pushups, wall sits, lunges, squats, step-ups,
calf raises, donkey kicks, triceps dips and crunches.
Perform strength-training workouts two to three days a week on nonconsecutive days.
Anaerobic workouts that target a specific area of your body,
such as your arms, should never be done on consecutive days to avoid straining or pulling a muscle.
Choose Your Cardio
Cardio exercises, such as jogging, swimming, dancing, jump rope and running,
all provide constant movement to get your heart pumping and make you sweat.
Sweating allows you to burn calories and fat.
To lose weight and shape your body, your cardio routine should be long enough to burn more calories than you consume.
With a healthy diet, you should burn off about 500 calories a day to lose 3,500 calories a week, or 1 pound.
To advance toward that goal, run or perform any other type of cardio exercise three to four times a week.
or 75 minutes per week of intense cardio — but you might need to add more for weight loss.
A great way to get fit is Running
Running is a great way to get fit, feel better and even form new relationships with other runners.
Starting a new running habit doesn’t have to be hard —
all it takes is a comfortable pair of shoes and a willingness to move a little or a lot, all at your own pace.
The Well Guide makes it easy to get started, get inspired and stay on track.
Are you ready? Let’s go!