Now that the weather is finally warming up in the midwest, I have been able to get back out and start running again. I have always said it, and I will say it again. The world is a safer place when I run! Once I get past two or three miles I am in heaven. Whats that? You ran over my puppy? Its ok, I can handle it! My car has been impounded and my college degree revoked? Hey its all good!
Ok, I’m not that into running. But I know from experience that no other form of exercise can stifle my appetite or help me lose weight like running. The good mood comes along for fun. And I have never felt as free as I do when I’m sprinting all over my neighborhood with no one to answer to. Its like my meditation time! Time and again I have read experts claiming that long distance, consistent rate cardio is actually damaging to people’s health and metabolism. Here is a recap of what I have heard against running long distances:
- It can elevate cortisol levels. This in itself is not that bad, but combined with caffeine use, not enough sleep and the chronic stress so many people are under, it can sabotage your weight loss goals and seriously mess with your sense of well-being.
- Running can increase sugar cravings.
- It can increase inflammation throughout the body – which can cause disease.
- It can breakdown muscle tissue which is counter-productive for people that weight train.
The experts also praise interval training, which consists of high intensity, all-out bursts of activity followed by a short, low intensity rest period. These workouts average between 10 and 20 minutes and are said to burn fat like nothing else. Well guess what. Not for this girl! I have been doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) 4-5 times a week for the past 6 months and I have been trying to lose the same 10 to 15 pounds the entire time. I just reintroduced running and viola!, pounds are dropping. It is my personal experience that HIIT workouts can lead to over-training and cause exhaustion and then overeating and sugar cravings. I do enjoy the intensity of HIIT workouts and the definition I can achieve without needing a gym, but I realize that I need my runner’s high as well.
As of today, there are only 40 days left until summer and so I am planning to incorporate all kinds of exercise to keep things interesting and meet my goals by June 21. This will include running, but for less than one hour at a time in order to avoid the problems above, HIIT workouts, boxing and yoga. If you are looking for some good HIIT workouts that you can do real-time, here are the trainers I follow:
If you are looking for the best jogging stroller EVER, this is the one I use and couldn’t love more. I know some joggers are too light and tip easy but this one does not. The tires are large and that combined with the suspension system make it great for sidewalk and street bumps.
What are you doing to meet your fitness goals? Do you love to run too? Let me know in the comments below!