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Most of us want to know how to run and lose weight; however, the health benefits of running is far greater than just losing weight! In fact I probably could write a book on that subject.

Running is one of those activities you can do by yourself or with others, inside or outside, in the morning or evening (sometimes in the middle of the night), and you will either love it or hate it. But, there are many who formerly despised running who have come to enjoy it. These are the people who managed to conquer their aversion in order to take advantage of the many positive aspects of running.

So how do we run and lose weight? We should begin with some quick tips on running.

Running Guidelines:

1. Start your running workout with some stretches. It is important to completely stretch the leg and calf muscles. This will help with flexibility and prevent you from straining or injuring your muscles.

2. Start your running workout at a slow pace. That way, your body will have time to adjust to the exertion. My suggestion is to go slow for at least two or three minutes, perhaps slightly longer if you are a novice.

3. Once you have completed your warm up, increase your speed to a jogging speed. Remember that this will be the pace you resume once your finish your fast running. You should feel comfortable at this speed, with smooth, steady and balanced strides.

4. After you jog at this pace, increase to an even quicker, yet still controllable pace. It is at this speed that you will maximize your ability to burn fat. Anyone running on a treadmill might consider raising the incline at this pace, as it will optimize fat burning.

5. Alternate your routine between a steady jogging and running. Thirty to Forty Five minutes will be plenty for beginners and some novices, while seasoned runners may want to increase the time to an hour or hour and a half.

Those are the basics for what is called High Intensity Interval Training. This style of training is what will give your body the best ability to burn fat while you are running.

What makes running a great way to lose weight?

The first and biggest health benefit is that you will burn a more calories, than walking or sitting on the couch. Running has long been recognized as among the most effective cardiovascular workouts for calorie burning.

Combine this style of running with a balanced diet, and I guarantee you that you will start to see and feel the pounds melt away!

Secondly, you are exercising your heart, hands, legs and your lungs. With your lungs being exercise you are able to breathe deeper. By processing more oxygen, your body will become a more effective fat burner.

Lastly, you will achieve a decrease in blood pressure, an increase in circulation, and will experience greater relaxation.

Now that you have read “How to Run and Lose Weight, all at the same time,” are you ready to get out there and melt away those unwanted pounds?