Exercise For Weight Loss

Is running the best weight loss exercise?

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  • A , Internal Medicine, answered

    Not really. But if you love it and can’t think of a day without it, then yes.  Otherwise, not necessarily. The best weight loss exercise is one that you will stick with no matter what. If you love swimming as much as Michael Phelps, swim! If you prefer Lance Armstrong’s exercise of choice, then grab a bike.  If none of those tickle your fancy, you can pick up our favorite exercise: walking. It’s free and you can do it anywhere at any time.  Find what you love and stick with it and soon those LBs will melt away. But the best is resistance
    exercise or weight lifting. A pound of muscle uses 75 to 150 cals a day whether you consciously use it or not—so building muscle is key to losing weight from exercise.

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  • The best weight loss exercises are ones that we enjoy doing and can implement for life. If you don't like running, then it's not the best option for you. Always remember to think long-term. The efforts we make to release unhealthy physical weight are efforts we need to continue for life at some level, in order to sustain our results. We want to make exercise a part of our healthy lifestyle, so take the opportunity to identify the types of exercise you enjoy most while working towards your weight loss goals.

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    Running can be a great weight loss exercise for some, but does not help at all for others. Like any exercise, how you do it makes all the difference. Exercise that you enjoy and do regularly, with proper form, can help you lose weight. Increasing the number of calories you burn to more than you consume will shed the pounds.
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  • A Fitness, answered on behalf of

    There is no magic cardio weight loss exercise out there. The “best” one is the exercise you’ll do consistently over time. Often that involves changing things up regularly to keep you from getting bored and stop your body from getting to used to something (hitting that plateau). To lose weight, we must burn more calories than we consume. This means incorporating a sensible, reduced calorie diet and increasing our physical activity. Whatever you choose for increasing your physical activity, being running or otherwise, be sure it’s something you enjoy and will do regularly!

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  • Not necessarily. Running is only one exercise that can aid in weight loss, provided the runner eats fewer calories than they burn. Any exercise done for an extended period of time is referred to as cardiorespiratory exercise or "cardio" for short. Running, biking, walking, elliptical machines, swimming, and rowing are all common forms of cardio. Anything in this category is good for you because it is working the heart, lungs, and muscles. One potential downside to running is the impact forces experienced by the body. Not everyone’s body holds up so well to the constant pounding it endures while running, and depending upon an individual’s current physical conditioning and presence of muscle imbalances, it may not be a good choice at all. Ideally, if your goal is conditioning and/or fat loss, you should vary the type of exercise you do on a regular basis. This will allow the body to make new adaptations to new demands and improve your overall fitness. The most important thing to remember when trying to lose weight is that you must be in a calorie deficit. To lose one pound a week, you must eat 500 fewer calories a day than you burn. Your decision on how to burn those calories should be based on your enjoyment of an activity and your ability to perform it without risking injury.
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  • Running does burn a great amount of calories, but unless you really love to run, there are many other forms of activity that will do the job.  How often to you see a person running in the street, who looks like they are torturing themselves to live up to their New Years resolution of losing weight?  Usually I see these people a few times, then never again! They give up because they are not having any fun at all and running can be especially jarring and painful for people who are not in excellent physical condition.  Why set yourself up for failure? Be realistic. Pick any activity that you enjoy to get your heart rate up, and the weight will come off if you eat properly and stay consistent.
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  • There is no BEST weight loss exercise.  The best weight loss exercise is the one that you can stick with.  Sure there are certain cardiovascular exercises that you can do that will burn more calories than others.  However, if you don't like a certain type of exercise really how long will you do it.  Find things that work for you and that you like and will stick with.  In the end weight loss comes from a few factors not just cardiovascular.  You will also have to have proper meal planning and resistance training if you want to see the best results. 
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  • Running is a great exercise for burning calories, but the best exercise is the one that you like to do, and will consistently do.  If you like to run, by all means, hit the trails and enjoy, you will burn more calories/hour than most other activities. 
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  • A , Fitness, answered

    Running is a great exercise but the idea that one exercise is better for weight loss than another is founded in a misconception. The misconception is that you have to do a certain exercise to lose weight. Exercise creates an additional burn of calories based on intensity, duration, exercise modality etc. Weight loss however can only be accomplished when your intake of calories is less than your expenditure.

  • Running is a great exercise for weight loss, but not necessarily the best. Pick a type of cardio that you enjoy doing, change it up on a regular basis, one session do long and steady and the next do high intensity.

  • Running is an excellent option for cardio training and in turn weight loss. It may be the best for you if it is something you enjoy. Several other cardio options are just as beneficial. Running is hard on joints and can be more challenging for some people. An essential aspect to all workout and weight loss routines is sticking with it. If you enjoy the exercise you choice then you will be more committed, and in turn more successful.

  • Running is only the best weight loss exercise if you are actually running with perfect form. So many people think they are running when they are often times jogging or even "shuffling". Make sure you have proper running form by remembering a few things. It is not easy to remember everything you need to focus on while running and that's why practice is a must.

    Start off by simply power walking. Make sure you are standing up straight and not leaning too far forward. Your legs are nice and long so stretch them out and work towards having at least 18 inches between your back toes and your front heel. This is harder to do when you are tired so be sure to stay focused and walk fast. Swing your arms straight forward and straight back moving only slightly towards the mid line of your body. When your leg goes forward be sure you are flexed or "bent" at the hip the knee and the ankle. Land on your heel and push back and as your leg goes back make sure you are extended or "straight" at the hip, the knee and the ankle. As you start walking faster you might get the urge to start running. This is good and you should go for it. Don't be afraid to just run as fast as you can with long strides and swinging arms for as far as you can go and then drop back down into a power walk or moderately paced run. You are more likely to burn more calories and lose weight faster if you do intervals; running fast, power walking and moderate speed running.

    When you get your heart rate up to its near maximum and then walk fast for a minute or two you will actually be able to FEEL the incineration of your extra fat. Don't forget to practice your breathing exercises while you're running and also while you are NOT running. It's a good idea to practice breathing in for 5 seconds and breathing out for 5 seconds. While you're running you can do this for a nice, even steady breath which will keep you stronger for longer. Think of the oxygen you are breathing in as part of your fuel system. A treadmill is a good way to check your pace. Pace is important. If you can't run faster than 7.5 miles an hour then you could be placing your joints at risk and you are better off to do your power walk. Remember proper nutrition, good luck, have fun and please check with your doctor if this is something you have never done or not been working towards. 

  • Running is a fabulous weight loss exercise!  Burning roughly 100 calories per mile it is both effective and efficient.  Running increases your cardiorespiratory fitness and strengthens your muscles- it doesn't require special equipment, can be done alone or with friends and can help you shed pounds along the way.  Happy running!
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    Not necessarily. Running can certainly be a great weight loss exercise if you enjoy it, but for those who may not really be 'runners' - there are many other forms of exercise that can contribute to weight loss.

    For weight loss to occur we must expend more calories than we consume. Exercise in any form - whether cardio or resistance training - expends calories and therefore contributes to helping create a negative caloric balance necessary for weight loss.

    Cardio exercises are activities that elevate your heart rate and breathing rate. Examples include walking, running, cycling, group exercise classes, and playing with your children. For weight loss it is recommended that you perform 60-90 minutes of cardio activities at least five days of the week. If you are new to exercise, start slow with 5-10 minutes each day and gradually work up to the recommended 60-90 minutes.

    Resistance training is also a necessary part of any weight loss plan. Resistance training helps build active muscle, making the body become more metabolically active. Having more active muscle means that you will burn more calories throughout the day just doing normal every day activities.

    Since the goal of weight loss is to create a caloric deficit, consuming less calories on a daily basis will also largely contribute to weight loss. Eating less and moving more, by choosing activities that you enjoy (whether it's running, or not) will help create the negative daily caloric balance necessary for successful weight loss to occur.
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