Beginners Guide To Running for Weight Loss & Fitness

Guest Post by Marguerite Boyer

If you have reached this article, it is clear that you are thinking to follow a running regimen for weight loss and fitness but not sure about how to adopt it. Well, you are not the only one to feel so, as there are many more folks who want to start running but are confused. Generally, each person chooses to run for different motives: boosting fitness, improving health, losing weight, or get prepared for a marathon. However, running is now being taken up by many people for losing weight and being fit.

As a matter of fact, for weight loss and fitness, you just have to start getting into it after which this exercise becomes really very elating. Although running is beneficial for heart and lungs, it is also useful for weight loss because your lower body gets a great workout through this exercise. For beginners, here are some basic things to know about running so that they can avoid injuries and put in efforts in the right manner to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals successfully.

How to Get Started?

For fitness and weight loss enthusiasts, the very first step is to seek expert advice before starting to run. The concerned expert will guide you in making a suitable running plan so that you obtain positive results in less time and  as well as without harming your body. Once the plan is made, you will have to gather proper gears: good cushioning/flexible pair of shoes as suggested by the expert, breathable clothing pair, water bottle, lightweight towel, and a heart rate monitor.

Now, when you start your schedule, begin slowly so that your body gets time to adjust. Start by running for 20 minutes in one go, and do so three times a week. Slowly, increase the running time as well as the number of days, but do so only when you feel comfortable with 20 minutes of training. For a beginner, instead of number of miles, it is the number of minutes that is vital! In case 20 minutes of run is not comfortable, take some walking breaks in between.

Is treadmill necessary or outside running is enough?

Both have their own set of benefits. Treadmills come at rescue when weather is unfavorable as well as when you want to get comfortable with new paces or distances. Treadmills tend to complement outside running, as the cushioned surface alleviates injury risk that runners get from continually throbbing their legs on external pavements. In short, irrespective of what you choose, just run on a daily basis!

How to breathe while running?

Breathe through mouth so that much oxygen is supplied to the working muscles. But a few runners breathe through  their nose due to the belief that this ensures more relaxation. So, any of the two is fine!

Running will normally make you breathe harder than normal, so some huffing is normal. However, as you become fitter, the out-of-breath feelings tend to disappear. Keeping this in mind, consider breathing from deep down your belly. Even if the breathlessness prevails, consult your doctor because you might have asthma.

How many calories get burned?

About 600 calories per hour! However, overweight people will have to work harder for it!

Well, although hard in the beginning, running will surely bring the desired weight loss and fitness results in less time provided you sincerely adhere to the plan.

About the Author: Marguerite is a fitness freak and loves to blog on different tips, diets and workouts that help you know how to Reduce Belly Fat. You can visit her blog for few more examples.