When did jogging become the standard in fitness?
In the 60’s 70’s or 80’s. Just because everyone does it doesn’t make it right.
Here’s a question. If you are a runner have you achieved the results of a lean muscular body? I’m not talking about weight loss, I’m talking fat loss.
Almost all runners are thin and very weak. Long distance runners or joggers are wasting valuable time, if their goal is health and fitness and fat loss.
If you notice I keep saying fat loss and not weight loss, why? Because everyone is concerned with weight loss and weight loss is not the answer.
Just because you lose 20 lbs. doesn’t mean you will look much different. You can lose muscle and still have fat but you should be shooting for fat loss instead of weight loss. Don’t believe me, do a body-fat test.
Long distance running beats the body down. If you run 3-6 times per week your body will start to use muscle for energy instead of fat. The less muscle you have the less fat you will burn. The more muscle you have the more fat you will burn. Any qualified top trainer/Kinesiologists will know this.
When you start a running program you love it, then as time goes on you find it starts to take a lot of time and you need to go farther to get results then eventually no matter what you try the results stop. Why? Your body will no longer respond to this type of exercise, it’s got you figured out it knows you’re trying to lose fat and we are engineered to save fat so the body will start to use other things as fuel such as muscle.
You need to confuse your body, trick it to keep getting results. The more muscles you use the more efficient your body will burn fat. Running uses mostly the legs, no core and a little bit arms.
Most runners suffer from all sorts of pain, foot, back, knee, ankle and shin splints just to name the most injured. So why do you run in the name of fitness?
To get the most benefit and the quickest results is to use exercise that use as many muscles as possible at the same time, the more you use the fast the results and the fat will fly off. At the end of the day, nothing beats weight training.
My best advice is…educate yourself before assuming what might be counterproductive.
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