When you’re trying to lose weight, you have to address both your dietary habits and your exercise regimen. It seems simple enough when you get started, but there can be a whole lot of different things to remember. Moreover, your body is going to be fighting against you at times. Staying healthy and losing weight is rewarding, but it’s not always easy. Focus on your diet, and keep exercising simple and easy by taking up running. When is the last time you went for a jog?
Experts will tell you that walking, jogging, and running are some of the easiest forms of cardiovascular exercise to help you lose weight. If you haven’t been running in awhile, you’re going to have to start small. You might even have to begin by walking and breaking into a jog for short distances. What you will also want to be sure you do no matter what shape you’re in is to stretch before exercising.
You already know you need your cardiovascular exercise daily. Are you going to try to make sure you get in that hour of exercise and also tack on three days a week of strength training exercises as well? That would be ideal, but while you need to vary your exercise and get into strength training, it’s quite simple to get your running in each day as you strive towards weight loss. There are going to be days when it’s easy to stay on track, and there are going to be those difficult days.
That’s where keeping it simple really is going to help you out. Plus, simply doesn’t have to be boring. I used to go running the park, and it was very motivating and uplifting. You get to be outdoors, you get your exercise and you get to burn those calories.
As you get comfortable day after day with running as your form of exercise, you’re going to start building endurance and stamina. You won’t just lose weight, but you’ll feel agiler as your mobility improves. The better you keep track of your diet, the easier it’s going to be to stay on track with your running as well. It’s also important to schedule your exercise appropriately.
Since you are going to be new to running every day, it’s important that you not only start out small but also that you set goals. What do you think would be a good short-term goal for you at first? Perhaps you could write down that after one month, you want to be able to run a mile without stopping. That’s a good goal, and then you can have your next goal listed right underneath that one.
For your next goal, give yourself another month and focus on being able to run for 30 minutes straight. Obviously, if it’s going to take you two months to get to where you run for 30 minutes, you might be thinking that you’re not going to get enough cardiovascular exercise. However, you’re going to keep moving, walking, when you stop running. Keep that heart pumping, and keep burning those calories.
Track your calorie burn when running daily, and add up those calories you consume daily as well. As you build up to where you run longer, you will see an even more noticeable difference in your weight loss efforts. Running is an exercise that impacts your entire body, and as you shed those pounds, you will feel so good. Contour and re-shape your body, become physically fit, feel younger and drop those pounds like you’ve never done before. And don’t forget, make sure you stretch before each time you go running.
It can also be important to pick a few different places to go running. You also want to pay attention to incline. There is a hill at the park where I used to run that most people would avoid. However, that hill should never be avoided. Also, think about days when it’s difficult to run outside or even impossible because of the weather. Do you have a treadmill or a gym membership? Running for weight loss is quite simple, allowing you not to stress out over exercise. If you’re ready to get started, begin by writing down your goals.