Running for weight loss is probably my all-time favorite when I want to lose 30 pounds; it is actually my preferred method. With all of the different types of running, I would say the most effective is interval running.
Let’s explain what interval running is. Basically, it is a combination of slow and fast speeds instead of long endurance runs. With this type of training, you shouldn’t get tired of the same old thing, because there are many ways to get this workout done.
If you’re contemplating getting into shape and losing a few pounds, take it easy at first. This type of workout doesn’t require much, except for a pair of shoes and a high school track. If you go on Sunday to a local track, you should be fine. There shouldn’t be anyone there.
For those who are out of shape, walk and/or jog around the track a couple of times. Then you want to do some basic stretching. Next, drink a sip of water and walk around the first turn. Then, jog the entire straight-away. When you finished that, walk the next turn. All you are going to do is walk the turns and jog the straight sides. See if you can do this four times around the track. When you are finished, you can get a drink of water and then walk a cooldown for two laps. If you think at any time that you won’t be able to finish the workout, slow down. What’s important is that you finish the workout instead of giving up.
Have a protein shake after your workout, or a meal replacement shake. Doing this helps regulate your metabolism, lose fat, and preserve muscle.
For those who are used to running, perform the workout above. But, when you jog, sprint at 50% speed (or faster) instead. You’ll know if you’re going too fast.
It doesn’t matter how faster you complete this interval training workout, just finish it. I sometimes do this workout three or more times in any given week. I’ll run through my neighborhood or around my block if the track is being used by the school. The workout is customizable like that.
Weight loss through interval running is a great way to go. It requires only a pair of legs. Progress your workouts at a slow, steady pace until you can go faster. That way you don’t burn yourself out on the way up.