Whether it’s on a treadmill, out on a trail, or even in your own neighborhood, running is the most popular cardio exercise today. There is a good reason why running is so widely popular.
Aside from the obvious benefit of it being an excellent cardio exercise to burn fat, running can also provide many other positive benefits that you may not know about.
Here are 4 of the most powerful benefits running provides when you want to burn fat:
#1 – Running is Convenient
Unless you live in an area with harsh weather, you can literally put on some sneakers, open your front door, and start running. This is a huge benefit for people with very busy schedules (which is almost everyone nowadays). Running also has many other conveniences. After all, you don’t need any equipment, its free, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time.
#2 – Running Creates Results Even While Resting
Studies show that high intensity cardio exercise such as running you continue to burn off calories after you finish your workout which results in faster reduction of body fat. This is because when you perform a high intensity cardio exercise you speed up your metabolism and get the blood flowing quicker; what this means is that your body is getting ready to burn off energy. For a short while at rest once you finish your cardio workout, your body continues to expend energy at the same rate as if you were continuing your cardio workout.
#3 – The Runner’s High
You might have heard about something called the “runner’s high”. A runner’s high is experienced by people who run on a regular basis and is caused when your brain releases morphine-like chemicals called endocannabinoids and endorphins that give the runner a euphoric rush which many describe as a high. I like to think that this is your body’s way of rewarding you for a job well done after your workout.
#4 – Running is Time Efficient
If you’re short on time, running can be a great way to get a great cardio workout in your daily schedule without taking up too much of your time. When it comes down to time, running can burn off more calories per minute than almost any other cardio exercise. This is because running is a high intensity cardio activity.
Even if you have 20 minutes to work out, running can fit a high intensity cardio workout into your busy schedule.
When you run with your main goal being to burn fat, you want to make sure you run at around 65% of your maximum heart rate in order to maximize your results. By aiming for 65% of your maximum heart rate, you will be able to balance the intensity and duration to maximize the amount of calories you will burn.
To find your maximum heart rate you perform the equation “200 – your age = your maximum heart rate.” This means that if you’re 30 years old your maximum heart rate would be 200 – 30 = 170. To determine 65% of your heart rate you would use the following formula after you determine your maximum heart rate “your maximum heart rate x 0.65 = 65% of your heart rate.” This means that if we take the following example of a 30 year old and find out 65% of their maximum heart rate, then it would be 170 x 0.65 = 110.5.
Running can be a powerful and efficient cardio exercise that provides many positive benefits that are easy to take advantage. So next time you’re thinking of making up an excuse to skip the workout (We all are guilty of this from time to time), always remember that running provides a quick effective workout that reinforces motivation by triggering a runner’s high.
What are your thoughts on running? I personally enjoy adding running into my cardio exercise routine from time to time and reap the benefits it provides.