Running.... The thing that most people hate, me included. Whenever I meet new clients the first thing they usually say to me is "I hate running" its like there number one fear which holds them back from exercising. Running is also the thing which most people tend to measure there fitness. "I'm so unfit because I cant run for very long"
I see so many women out and about in the mornings going for runs and I always wonder weather they are training for a marathon or they are just running because they think it is the best way to lose weight. "Going for a run" seems to be a common weight loss activity.
How effective is long distance running though in regards to weight loss?
Well my opinion is long distance running is pretty counterproductive if you are trying to increase muscle tone and burn body fat, however if you don't care about being toned and are just purely focused on losing weight on the scales then go right ahead.
All runners are sure to shoot me right about now.
Long distance running tends to break down muscle mass to use for energy more than fat which becomes a problem when most people run to target fat burn. Take a look at any long distance runners, look at there body shape/type.They are usually very skinny with low percentages of muscle mass.
Sprinting on the other hand I'm a big fan of. The short spurts are great for targeting fat burn and maintaining muscle mass. Sprinting followed by rest followed by sprinting again is also known as HIIT training is the best type of running you can do to target fat burn. Look at your professional sprinters they are usually quite muscular and very lean which is what most people want to achieve.
In my 4+ years experience as a Personal Trainer I'm yet to come across a female that didn't want to "tone up". So ladies unless you really love running, (which its ok to say you don't, ill personally put up my hand first) I'm here to tell you, you don't have to. The best way for you to burn fat and be toned is resistance training, HIIT training and or some fasted light-moderate cardio.