Some of these mistakes are common and may disguise themselves as “harmless” to your efforts.
Before you grab your running shoes and head for the pavement, check these common mistakes that could be hampering your efforts.
No Rest Days
In our society, we are accustomed to the idea of more is always better. We assume that this is always true for running for weight loss. However, this is the real truth…
Having no rest days will increase your body’s stress hormone levels, which will slow down your recovery. When the this happens, fat storage and muscle degradation happen.
This is the opposite of what you are trying to achieve, which is fat loss and muscle building.
Action Plan: Put a high priority on recovery day or days. Allow your body to recover at least once per week. When increasing your training, do it gradually.
Running means that your body needs fuel to burn. However, there is a tendency to over-fuel yourself. There is a point that the food and sports drink that you consume will be greater compared to the calories you burn when you run.
Action Plan: It’s very important that you track the calories you consume. Pay special attention to the calories of your pre-run food and/drink. Also, experts suggest that the recommended calories that you should consume per hour are 30 – 45 grams.
You Simply Run
Running is good not only for losing weight, but also for your overall health. However, your body is designed to adapt and optimize.
This means that if running is your only exercise, then will get diminishing results as the body will eventually optimize and adapt to the activity; which leads to lower calorie burn.
Action Plan: Try to incorporate other exercises like circuit training.
If running is the only method you can do, then do alternate high-intensity pacing and easy pacing in a single run. This will mix up your running, and this may slow down or avoid the body’s optimization process.
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