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Running is the Worst Way to Get Fit

By January 29, 2020 No Comments

There’s an article with the above title that periodically goes viral on Facebook.

Read the full article here ->-> https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/running-is-the-worst-way-to-get-fit

This is basically the premise of my book, Fit Moms for Life: How to have endless energy to outplay your kids.

The irony is that over the past four years, I have become a dedicated runner.  I ran about 1700 miles over the past year and now can honestly say that I truly enjoy it.

I’ve been running 70 miles a week recently, training for a marathon next month. Five years ago I’d have told you no way would I ever do such a thing, lol.

So how have my views evolved?

Well, I still believe if you are looking to get leaner, toned, and more athletic, then running isn’t the best form of exercise to start with.

What changes metabolism, more effectively tones the body, and is much more time-efficient?

Strength training and interval training combined.

This is the cornerstone of all our programs at the Transformation Center and all 50 of my workout DVDs.

It just works. Check out Monday’s post here, if you want more details on my fitness formula.

However, since I wrote my book almost 10 years ago, I have warmed up to the idea of running as a good addition to a foundational strength and interval training program. 😉

There are plenty of benefits to running.  Here are a couple that I have personally experienced.

  • It gets me outside and exploring new areas of my community
  • It has caused me to have a lower resting heart rate
  • Mentally it is powerful to know I can go out and easily run 10 miles with little effort
  • I have enjoyed seeing my progress of getting faster and having more endurance
  • Running has helped clear my mind and reduce stress. It also makes me sweat a lot
  • ”Runners high” is actually a thing, and it can make you feel amazing

So running can be a great addition to a well-rounded program.

Just don’t start doing nothing but running because you want to lose weight.  In many cases I see it doing the opposite, especially if running is the only form of exercise that someone does.

Want to get started with running but not sure where or how to start?

I highly recommend checking out Jeff Galloway and his run-walk training method. His premise is that starting off slow and combining intervals of walking and running will prevent injury, build endurance and ultimately make you a faster runner.

I have been using a similar training method that forced me to slow down to keep my heart rate under a certain threshold.

Initially it was frustrating and it felt painfully slow. But it enabled me to build up my endurance and avoid injury. And now, I’m running some of my fastest times ever and my heart rate is staying low.

So my advice, if you want to add running (or some other kind of steady cardio, like biking, skiing or rowing), is to start and build slowly… slower than you think you should. Going slowly now will make you faster in the end and keep you injury free.

If you are a member of the TC, I’m super excited to share that we’ll be doing an informal, fun 5k run-walk event for members later this spring. It’ll be a safe, easy way to try out running if you’ve never done it before. We’ll be supporting the event and helping you train for it if you want to join in.

Stay tuned on Friday for my top tips to build or maintain your fitness as you age… when it becomes more important than ever!